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Newsweek: Valerie Plame Was Still “Covert”

From the DNC's flagship, Newsweek

The CIA Leak: Plame Was Still Covert

by Michael Isikoff

Feb. 13, 2006 issue – Newly released court papers could put holes in the defense of Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, in the Valerie Plame leak case. Lawyers for Libby, and White House allies, have repeatedly questioned whether Plame, the wife of White House critic Joe Wilson, really had covert status when she was outed to the media in July 2003.

But special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald found that Plame had indeed done "covert work overseas" on counter-proliferation matters in the past five years, and the CIA "was making specific efforts to conceal" her identity, according to newly released portions of a judge's opinion. (A CIA spokesman at the time is quoted as saying Plame was "unlikely" to take further trips overseas, though.)

Fitzgerald concluded he could not charge Libby for violating a 1982 law banning the outing of a covert CIA agent; apparently he lacked proof Libby was aware of her covert status when he talked about her three times with New York Times reporter Judith Miller.

Fitzgerald did consider charging Libby with violating the so-called Espionage Act, which prohibits the disclosure of "national defense information," the papers show; he ended up indicting Libby for lying about when and from whom he learned about Plame.

The new papers show Libby testified he was told about Plame by Cheney "in an off sort of curiosity sort of fashion" in mid-June—before he talked about her with Miller and Time magazine's Matt Cooper. Libby's trial has been put off until January 2007, keeping Cheney off the witness stand until after the elections. A spokeswoman for Libby's lawyers declined to comment on Plame's status.

It's not like Mr. Isikoff or Newsweek have ever been mistaken before.

It's also somewhat laughable, since our one party media have been unshakeable in their insistence that it doesn't matter a whit whether there was any law covering Plame's identity at the time or not.

Meanwhile, of course, Newsweek's parent company, the Washington Post, is busy publishing top secret codenames and asking for further information on what programs they represent.

But they have their priorities.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, February 5th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Newsweek: Valerie Plame Was Still “Covert””

  1. hushpuppy says:

    Valerie Plame outed herself in several magazine interviews including the notable one in Vanity Fair.

    And it was Herself that sent her husband off to Africa on a ‘fact finding mission’.



  2. proreason says:

    If Newsweek publishes it, you know it’s a lie.

    The only more reliable indicator is if Obamy agrees. Then it’s a sure thing.

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