Sunday, February 05, 2006

The Cia Leak: Plame Was Still Covert

Newsweek: 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 counterproliferation 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...(more)

I hope this finally shuts up those thus far incorrigible right-wing mehlmanbot nutcases who keep questioning this simple fact. Plame was covert. Duh! A Bushco buttlicker like Tenet wouldn't have asked DOJ to investigate her outing in the first place if she wasn't. The fact is, his ability to lead the agency depended on his standing up for Plame, or he would never have done it in the first place.

Tenet's sudden announcement of his resignation the day after Bush and Cheney had to obtain legal council for the leak investigation was not just a coincidence.

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