Sunday, February 05, 2006

It would be funny, if...

Remember these widely repeated talking points?
If indeed Plame was a covert agent, why wouldn't the CIA take "affirmative measures to conceal" her identity? The answer may turn on the legal definition of covert. As we also noted in October, an employee is a "covert agent" for the purposes of the statute if and only if he "is serving outside the United States or has within the last five years served outside the United States." - James Taranto, OpinionJournal, July 12, 2004

In the end, we will learn that Rove was not Bob Novak's source, Plame was not covert, and Joe Wilson remains a liar. - Mark Levin, The Corner, October 29, 2005

Plame was working a desk job at CIA headquarters. Furthermore, never mind that the secret identities of CIA covert agents are, in my experience as a foreign reporter, one and the same as the secret identities of Superman, Batman, and Robin: Everybody knows except for a few designated comic book characters. - P.J. O'Rourke, The Weekly Standard, July 9, 2005

The law (Patrick Fitzgerald is) allegedly enforcing, the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982, was almost surely not broken when Valerie Plame's identity was revealed by Bob Novak two years ago. According to numerous legal experts — including Bruce Sanford and Victoria Toensing, who helped write the law — the facts don't fit the requirements of the law. Valerie Plame wasn't a covert field operative... - Jonah Goldberg, Jewish World Review, July 8, 2005

As her weirdly self-obsesssed husband Joseph C. Wilson IV conceded on CNN the other day, she wasn't a "clandestine officer" and, indeed, hadn't been one for six years. So one can only "leak" her name in the sense that one can "leak" the name of the checkout clerk at Home Depot. - Mark Steyn, Chicago Sun-Times, July 17, 2005

So far Karl Rove appears guilty of telling reporters something he had heard, that Valerie Wilson (a k a Plame), the wife of Ambassador Joseph Wilson, worked for the CIA. But because of several exceptions in the 1982 law forbidding the disclosure of a covert operative's identity, virtually no one thinks anymore that he violated it. The law doesn't seem to apply to Plame because she apparently hadn't been posted abroad during the five previous years. - John Tierney, The New York Times, July 19, 2005
Of course, that's just a small sample of the righties who decided to echo that talking point. You probably won't be surprised to find out that they were all full of shit. 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.
Of course, accepting the truth requires a willingness to be a member of the reality-based community. Don't expect apologies.

Jane has the documents.

3 Comments:

Blogger chillwig said...

I like this classic from Podhoretz:

http://corner.nationalreview.com/05_07_10_corner-archive.asp#069625

ALL RIGHT. ENOUGH ALREADY. [John Podhoretz]
Here is Joseph Wilson himself, talking to Wolf Blitzer on CNN today: "My wife was not a clandestine officer the day that Bob Novak blew her identity." Read that again. Now reflect on the fact that there has been an ongoing investigation FOR TWO YEARS conducted, we were breathlessly and rather constantly told in the weeks surrounding the initial controversy, on the basis that the White House and reporters OUTED A CLANDESTINE AGENT. Now we know. She wasn't. Not then.

It is certainly possible, based on the poorly drafted wording of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982, to take this fact and still somehow to discern a crime somewhere here. Which is what Wilson's defenders and the blood-in-the-water Democrats and Leftists are arguing and will continue to argue.

Fine. And for the record, as I said in my book Bush Country, if indeed a clandestine agent was placed in jeopardy by a White House leak, then the administration deserved to go hang. But -- now her own husband is saying it -- Valerie Plame Wilson WASN'T A CLANDESTINE AGENT AT THE TIME.

No, no, no. She WASN'T.

So what I want to know, based on simple logic, is this: When is Allen Funt going to step out from behind the lamppost and inform America that we've all been on Candid Camera? (Hat tip: A.L.) Posted at 10:05 PM

Duh. Bonus points for misrepresenting what Wilson said.

8:11 AM  
Blogger c4logic said...

Let me break this down for you so that you can grasp the english meaning of his words with your limited intelligence:

When Wilson said that his wife was not covert on the day that the traitor Novak blew her identity, he meant, quite clearly, that because Novak blew her identity, she was no longer covert. But you in your grasping at straws to defend the indefensible, seem incapable of understanding the nuances of the english language in context. You are flat wrong.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Nitpicker said...

C4,

Chillwig was quoting someone else.

-Terry

5:49 PM  

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