Thursday, July 14, 2005
CIA Confirmed Valerie Plame Was Undercover
One of the GOP talking points about the outing of Valerie Plame is that she was never really an undercover agent, so mentioning her name was no big deal. How do we refute such egregious lies? We refute this one by citing the CIA response to the outing:
The CIA declined to discuss Plame's intelligence work, but an agency official disputed suggestions that she was a mere analyst whose public exposure would have little consequence. "If she was not undercover, we would have no reason to file a criminal referral," the CIA official said, insisting on anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation.The CIA did file the criminal referral that resulted in Peter Fitzgerald's investigation. Q.E.D. Pass the word.
Speaking of debunking pro-Rovian spin, one of the spin points pushed is that Plame's Brewster-Jennings cover job was "too flimsy to be believable".
The Knight-Ridder article cited by DailyKos diarist Sherlock Google in this diary blows big holes in that myth.
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