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Fitzgerald Now Claims Plame Was A Covert Agent

From the DNC’s house magazine Newsweek:

Was She or Wasn’t She?

Arguing that Libby deserves jail time, Fitzgerald says Plame was a covert agent.

By Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball

May 29, 2007 – In new court filings, special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald has finally resolved one of the most disputed issues at the core of the long-running CIA leak controversy: Valerie Plame Wilson, he asserts, was a “covert” CIA officer who repeatedly traveled overseas using a “cover identity” in order to disguise her relationship with the agency.

Fitzgerald cites Wilson’s covert status as part of his argument—advanced in two strongly worded memos filed in recent days—that I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, should be sentenced to up to three years in prison…

“It was clear from very early in the investigation that Ms. Wilson qualified under the relevant statute”—the Intelligence Identities Act—“as a covert agent whose identity had been disclosed by public officials, including Mr. Libby, to the press,” Fitzgerald wrote in a sentencing memorandum filed late last Friday night

In the “unclassified summary” of his memorandum which was based on information cleared by the CIA and became publicly available Tuesday, Fitzgerald provided new details about Wilson’s previously classified activities at the agency. In January 2002, she was working for the agency “as an operations officer” in the Directorate of Operations’s Counterproliferation Division (CPD) and serving as “chief” of a unit with responsibility for weapons-proliferation issues related to Iraq. In that capacity, he added, she traveled overseas in an undercover capacity.

“She traveled at least seven times to more than 10 countries,” the document states. “When traveling overseas, Ms. Wilson always traveled under a cover identity … At the time of the initial unauthorized disclosure in the media of Ms. Wilson’s employment relationship with the CIA on 14 July 2003, Ms. Wilson was a covert CIA employee for whom the CIA was taking affirmative measures to conceal her intelligence relationship to the United States.” …

One thing that is painfully clear is that Fitzgerald is a liar. Another thing that is also clear is that Newsweek will never stop carrying water for the Plames. (Note how Fizgerald gave this to “Spikey” Isikoff as an “exclusive.”)

If Ms. Plame had been qualified under the Intelligence Identities [Protection] Act, Fitzgerald should have prosecuted Richard Armitage and whoever else leaked her information.

But he didn’t because she wasn’t covert in the sense of the meaning of the IIPA. And up until now Fitzgerald has been careful to avoid claiming she was. But his bizarre vindictive nature and need to score a scalp for his DNC masters has gotten the better of him.

In January 2002, she was working for the agency “as an operations officer” in the Directorate of Operations’s Counterproliferation Division (CPD) and serving as “chief” of a unit with responsibility for weapons-proliferation issues related to Iraq. In that capacity, he added, she traveled overseas in an undercover capacity.

“She traveled at least seven times to more than 10 countries,” the document states. “When traveling overseas, Ms. Wilson always traveled under a cover identity …

Even if this is true (and the 2002 date is awfully convenient since it just barely fits the five year limit), there is no indication that Plame’s cover was non-official (NOC).

Besides, the act was designed to protect those living and working overseas full time. (Cf. Richard Welch.) Not “managers” just popping in for a quick visit.

But more importantly, if Fitzgerald has known this all along why didn’t he at least bring this up during Mr. Libby’s trial, where it could have been vetted by the defense lawyers?

No, given Mr. Fitzgerald’s history of shaving the truth with ambiguous if not outright misleading verbiage, it is more likely that it is all a lie merely designed to get Mr. Libby a longer sentence.

For Patrick Fitzgerald if far more of a liar and partisan hack than Mr. Libby ever was. This case has become a personal jihad for him.

Too bad the judge, (who seems to be of very limited abilities) will probably fall for this vicious deceit.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 31st, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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