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Media Lies About Damage From Plame Outing

From Editor & Publisher:

Former CIA agent Valerie Plame and her husband Joe Wilson (L) arrive at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington April 29, 2006.

Reports: Plame Was Monitoring Iran Nukes When Outed

By E&P Staff

May 02, 2006 10:55 AM ET

NEW YORK What was Valerie Plame working on at the CIA when she was outed by administraton officials and columnist Robert Novak? MSNBC’s David Schuster on Monday said he had confirmed an earlier report that she was helping to keep track of Iran’s nuclear activity–not a front and center issue for the White House.

Earlier this year, Larisa Alexandrovna of the Web site RawStory.com, reported that Plame, whose covert status was compromised in the leak, was monitoring weapons proliferation in Iran. At the time, officials told her that Plame’s outing resulted in "severe" damage to her team and "significantly hampered the CIA’s ability to monitor nuclear proliferation."

On last night’s Hardball, MSNBC correspondent Shuster reported that intelligence sources told him that Wilson was part of an operation three years ago "tracking the proliferation of nuclear weapons material into Iran." And the sources asserted, he said, "that when here Wilson’s cover was blown, the administration’s ability to track Iran’s nuclear ambitions was damaged as well."

From the UK’s Telegraph:

While Miller languishes in jail, Mrs Wilson has quietly returned to work at the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia, after a year’s unpaid leave. Her work remains classified, although she is no longer a covert operative.

She spent much of her enforced leave of absence helping to counsel women suffering from postnatal depression, a condition that strikes an estimated one in 10 new mothers and which Mrs Wilson herself experienced.

From the New York Times:

On June 1 [2005], after a year’s unpaid leave, Ms. Wilson, now known to the country by her maiden name, Valerie Plame, returned to a new job at the Central Intelligence Agency, determined to get her career back on track, her husband said.

Let’s see. Novak’s column "outing" Plame came out in July 14, 2003. But Plame didn’t take a leave of absence until June 1, 2004.

She continued to work at her previous job for almost a year after Novak’s column was published. So why should we believe she took a leave of absence because of being "outed"?

If Plame could not continue her work at the CIA because of having her status there blown, why would the CIA put her on "unpaid leave"?

Is it not more likely that Plame took leave from the agency so she could trot along with her husband Joe Wilson, who was doing book tours and speaking engagements and campaigning for John Kerry during 2004?

To hell with monitoring Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

The Plames had ambitions of their own.

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