Bob Ewegen calls it Treason
Columnist Bob Ewegen of the Denver post, a Vietnam-era vet and reporter for 40+ years, opens with:
I am angry at ... the fact that an American patriot whose only crime was to serve her country in a dangerous and honorable profession had her mission undercut for partisan political purposes.
I am even angrier that the vicious "outing" of Valerie Plame put her sources at risk - the men and women in foreign countries who had risked their own lives to help America in our war on terror.
In the intelligence trade, such foreign sources are called "assets." I call them heroes.
I will never forgive anyone who willfully puts the lives of America's military or intelligence personnel or our friends abroad in danger.
And that's exactly what former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage did when he leaked Plame's identity to Novak - and what Novak did when he published the name of a covert CIA agent.
And closes with:
The outing of Plame may have been technically legal, as the commutation of Libby's sentence undoubtedly was. But our supreme law, the U.S. Constitution, still defines treason as giving aid and comfort to our enemies in time of war.
And in this aging veteran's eyes, that's exactly what Armitage, Cheney, Libby and Novak did.
If you haven't read Ewegen's piece yet, I urge you to do so. Then email him your thanks. While you're at it, email the Post's editor, Gregory Moore and its President and CEO, Harry Whipple the same.
(My thanks to Larry Johnson at No Quarter for posting on Ewegen's column)
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