Wednesday, July 13, 2005

TPMCafe || Politics, Ideas & Lots Of Caffeine

Ok, I am posting this because of the many untruthful claims the republicans have been making about Valerie Plame. They keep saying that she was not undercover, so Rove and Novak did nothing wrong. This is patently untrue. They not only outed Plame, they outed all the operatives that worked for Plame. Her company "Brewster Jennings and Associates", was a CIA front. It was supposed to infiltrate groups, smuggling nuclear materials to places like Israel and Pakistan. They damaged National Security badly even if no laws were technically broken. Anyway, read it straight from former CIA operative Joe Wilson if you don't believe me.

"For starters, Valerie Plame was an undercover operations officer until outed in the press by Robert Novak. Novak's column was not an isolated attack. It was in fact part of a coordinated, orchestrated smear that we now know includes at least Karl Rove.

Valerie Plame was a classmate of mine from the day she started with the CIA. I entered on duty at the CIA in September 1985. All of my classmates were undercover--in other words, we told our family and friends that we were working for other overt U.S. Government agencies. We had official cover. That means we had a black passport--i.e., a diplomatic passport. If we were caught overseas engaged in espionage activity the black passport was a get out of jail free card.

A few of my classmates, and Valerie was one of these, became a non-official cover officer. That meant she agreed to operate overseas without the protection of a diplomatic passport. If caught in that status she would have been executed.

The lies by people like Victoria Toensing, Representative Peter King, and P. J. O'Rourke insist that Valerie was nothing, just a desk jockey. Yet, until Robert Novak betrayed her she was still undercover and the company that was her front was still a secret to the world. When Novak outed Valerie he also compromised her company and every individual overseas who had been in contact with that company and with her."....

The Big Lie About Valerie Plame

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