If you are a regular here you have heard me say this before, but I’m going to say it again because repeated lies need repeated correction.
As I wrote a few days ago, righties are trying to confuse the issues surrounding Libby’s Leaks by fudging the distinction between the words covert and classified. I found this again in an article in World Nut Daily, which argues that Valerie Plame Wilson (hereafter VPW) was no longer covert because she hadn’t worked outside the United States for at least five years. And since she was not covert, they’re trying to argue that Scooter et al. could not have committed a crime by leaking her identity as a CIA agent.
It may be that VPW had not taken part in overseas covert operations for some time. However, her status was still classified. The indictments brought against Scooter Libby say that VPW’s status at the CIA was classified. Apparently Patrick Fitzgerald went to great lengths to verify that her status was classified before he brought indictments, including asking her neighbors if they knew she worked at the CIA. Rightie mythology that everybody on the eastern seaboard knew she was an agent is a Big Lie.
At all relevant times from January 1, 2002 through July 2003, Valerie Wilson was employed by the CIA, and her employment status was classified. Prior to July 14, 2003, Valerie Wilsonâ€™s affiliation with the CIA was not common knowledge outside the intelligence community.
Valerie Wilson was a CIA officer. In July 2003, the fact that Valerie Wilson was a CIA officer was classified. Not only was it classified, but it was not widely known outside the intelligence community.
Valerie Wilson’s friends, neighbors, college classmates had no idea she had another life.
The fact that she was a CIA officer was not well- known, for her protection or for the benefit of all us. It’s important that a CIA officer’s identity be protected, that it be protected not just for the officer, but for the nation’s security.
Valerie Wilson’s cover was blown in July 2003. The first sign of that cover being blown was when Mr. Novak published a column on July 14th, 2003.
Righties play with words to spread the lie that leaking VPW’s identity did not potentially harm national security. Once again, they show how easily people who call themselves “patriots” can betray their own country.
If VPW wasn’t actively working as an undercover spy, then what difference did it make to out her? Once again, it made a difference to agents who are engaged in covert operations right now. Outing VPW also outed the dummy company that had provided a cover to her and still provided a cover to possibly hundreds of over agents — until the leak.
JIM MARCINKOWSKY, FORMER CIA AGENT WHO TRAINED WITH PLAME: Weâ€˜re outraged. Betrayalâ€”I mean, thatâ€˜s theâ€”thatâ€˜s the lowest description I can put on it. We held this secret for 18 years until betrayed by the White House, whether we were inside the agency or outside the agency. Itâ€˜s is simply outrageous.
COSBY: You know, Melissa, do you find it sort of ironic that here you goâ€”I know when you go for your job and your training, youâ€˜re told, Keep these things covert. You donâ€˜t expect the government to be the one doing the outing.
MELISSA BOYLE MAHLE, FORMER CIA SPY: No, you certainly donâ€˜t because you know your cover is what allows to you do your job. And so since the government presumably wants you to do your job, that theyâ€˜ll also protect it.
COSBY: You know, Jim, letâ€˜s talk about this company, I found this fascinating, a company called Brewster Jennings and Associates. Itâ€˜s been outed now by others, so we can talk about it. But explain (INAUDIBLE) sort of it was sort of a mock company under a cover.
MARCINKOWSKY: Well, thatâ€˜s exactly right. Thereâ€˜s commercial covers. Youâ€˜re not protected overseas by governmental immunity, diplomatic immunity. And if you get caught under one of those kinds of covers, non-official cover, youâ€˜re going to suffer the consequences of any other body that may be operating and conducting the espionage in a foreign country.
COSBY: But Jim, with this Brewster-Jennings, it was a business card. It was sort of a pseudo-company that folks who worked for the CIA could pretend that they worked for this company, right?
MARCINKOWSKY: Correct. And it doesnâ€˜t matter whether itâ€˜s just a telephone or a business card. The fact of the matter was, it was sufficient to get in and out of a country safely, and thatâ€˜s all that matters in the eyes of an agent.
COSBY: You know, and how detrimental, Melissa, when something like a Brewster Jennings is let out? Because I would imagine a lot of agents use that as their cover.
MAHLE: Well, I tell you, when you start exposing howâ€”what kinds of covers that the CIA uses in whether business or whatever, you start setting a trail that bad guys can follow and say, Hey, letâ€˜s look at these kind of companies and see whatâ€”you know, Maybe we can find some more agents.
COSBY: Well, thatâ€˜s what I was going to say. Thereâ€˜s a huge rippling effect, right, Melissa?
MAHLE: Yes, and I think thatâ€˜s one of the things that really concerns the CIA because we need to protect our agents and our officers if weâ€˜re going to be able to achieve our mission. …
Righties don’t actually care about the security of the United States. They only care that their tribal leaders in the Bush Regime don’t have to suffer the indignity of being held responsible for anything.