Friday, August 05, 2005


Treasongate: Fact-Checking Bob Nofacts

Bob Novak has tried to escape blame for outing a CIA agent by insisting that "she could be identified as "Valerie Plame" by reading her husband's entry in 'Who's Who in America'." Since most of us don't keep a copy of Who's Who within reach, here's the relevant excerpt, provided by a member of Salon's Table Talk community:

I have the M-Z Volume of Who's Who in America for 2005 in front of me.
Wilson, Joseph Charles, IV, former ambassador; b. Bridgeport, Conn, Nov. 6, 1949; s. Joseph Charles III and Phyllis (Finnell) W.; m. Susan Dale Otchis, Apr. 27, 1973 (div. 1986); m. Valerie Elise Plame, Apr.3, 1998; children: Sabrina Cecile, Joseph Charles, Trevor Rolph, Samantha Finnell Diana
From there, it lists Wilson's education and prominent positions he's held, his hobbies, and his business email. Not one word about what his wife does for a living. Nor is there an entry for Wilson, Valerie Plame, or Plame, Valerie.
Let me emphasis that point: "Joseph Wilson's wife" could indeed be identified, from his entry in Who's Who, as Valerie Plame [Wilson]. She could not, however, be identified as a CIA operative. For that, you need treasonous White House officials and newspaper columnists.
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