“End Of An Affair,” Washington Post, 1 September 2006, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/31/AR2006083101460_pf.html (from Democratic Underground).
Thirteen months ago, I wrote of Joe Wilson’s reckless accusations. It is good to see the Washington Post, that left-of-center bullwark, now agrees with me
It follows that one of the most sensational charges leveled against the Bush White House — that it orchestrated the leak of Ms. Plame’s identity to ruin her career and thus punish Mr. Wilson — is untrue. The partisan clamor that followed the raising of that allegation by Mr. Wilson in the summer of 2003 led to the appointment of a special prosecutor, a costly and prolonged investigation, and the indictment of Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, on charges of perjury. All of that might have been avoided had Mr. Armitage’s identity been known three years ago.
Nevertheless, it now appears that the person most responsible for the end of Ms. Plame’s CIA career is Mr. Wilson. Mr. Wilson chose to go public with an explosive charge, claiming — falsely, as it turned out — that he had debunked reports of Iraqi uranium-shopping in Niger and that his report had circulated to senior administration officials. He ought to have expected that both those officials and journalists such as Mr. Novak would ask why a retired ambassador would have been sent on such a mission and that the answer would point to his wife. He diverted responsibility from himself and his false charges by claiming that President Bush’s closest aides had engaged in an illegal conspiracy. It’s unfortunate that so many people took him seriously.
Sometimes, news is funny. This isn’t. Valerie’s career was destroyed by her husband — a man who also tarred the reputation a moderate and well respected war hero.
“Sources: Plame Learned Covert Status from Woodward,” by Scott Ott, Scrappleface, 16 November 2005, http://www.scrappleface.com/?p=2072 (from The Corner).
An extreme form of 5GW, apparently:
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, who secured grand jury indictments against a top Bush administration official last month, today announced he may be close to discovering who told Valerie Plame that she was an undercover CIA agent.
Mr. Fitzgerald refused to release any names, but sources close to the probe said evidence indicates that the Washington Postâ€™s Bob Woodward may have revealed Ms. Plameâ€™s covert status to her.
The prosecutor declined to comment on Mr. Woodwardâ€™s possible connection to the case, instead he focused on Ms. Plameâ€™s apparent ignorance of her role at the Central Intelligence Agency.
â€œIn the months, and even years, leading up to July 2003, Valerie Plame was not behaving like someone who knew she was a covert agent,â€ said Mr. Fitzgerald. â€œThe woman friends knew as Mrs. Joe Wilson seems to have learned of her undercover status at about the same time a reference to her appeared in Robert Novakâ€™s syndicated column.â€
The prosecutor said it may be a violation of federal law to reveal a CIA agentâ€™s covert status to the agent.
â€œWeâ€™re looking at whatâ€™s called â€˜deep deep coverâ€™ in the intel community,â€ Mr. Fitzgerald said. â€œIn other words, the CIA unwittingly may have been using Mrs. Wilson as an undercover agent without her knowledge, or the knowledge of anyone else at the Agency.â€
Meanwhile, as former vice presidential chief of staff I. Lewis â€˜Scooterâ€™ Libby awaits trial on five counts of hindering the CIA leak probe, Mr. Novak and Mr. Woodward remain at large.
Scrappleface has been featured on tdaxp before.