Wednesday, May 30, 2007

She Was Too

Remember how one of the biggest right-wing talking points in the Plame case was that Valerie Plame, whose identity as a CIA operative was revealed by the White House in an effort to exact political revenge against her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, wasn’t really a covert agent for the spy agency and therefore she was in no danger when Robert Novak, doing the bidding of the White House, revealed that fact?

Oops.

An unclassified summary of outed CIA officer Valerie Plame’s employment history at the spy agency, disclosed for the first time today in a court filing by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, indicates that Plame was “covert” when her name became public in July 2003.

The summary is part of an attachment to Fitzgerald’s memorandum to the court supporting his recommendation that I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Cheney’s former top aide, spend 2-1/2 to 3 years in prison for obstructing the CIA leak investigation.

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The unclassified summary of Plame’s employment with the CIA at the time that syndicated columnist Robert Novak published her name on July 14, 2003 says, “Ms. Wilson was a covert CIA employee for who the CIA was taking affirmative measures to conceal her intelligence relationship to the United States.”

As Larry Johnson notes, the righties will have some ‘splaining to do for trashing Ms. Plame in their flailing attempt to justify the actions of Libby, Rove, and any one else who had a hand in it.

Of course, if they had any integrity, they would apologize. Yeah, right; don’t hold your breath.