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Valerie Plame's book, Fair Game: My Life As A Spy, My Betrayal By The White House, has been released. In it, Mrs. Plame, the wife of liar Joseph Wilson, accuses the Bush administration of maliciously outing her to destroy her career as payback for Wilson's op-ed in the NY Times that called the Bush administration liars for the famous 16 words contained in one of Bush's pre-war speeches about Iraq: “The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa". Plame also contends that her 'outing' compromised CIA intelligence operations and endangered lives.
You don't even have to get to the first page of Plame's book to find something misleading, because it's right in the title, in the 'My Betrayal By The White House' part. It wasn't the White House who first told Robert Novak that Plame worked for the CIA, it was Richard Armitage, a State department Iraq war critic, hardly a Bushie. Novak was the one who outed Plame by saying she worked at the CIA in one of his columns. You'd think it was Cheney who announced it in a press conference if you listened to the propaganda from the left. Nope. Novak did call Karl Rove and told Rove he knew Plame worked at the CIA, to which Rove responded with something like 'oh, you now about that too ?'. For that, liar Joseph Wilson thought Rove should be frog-marched out of the White House. Don't think so, Joe. After prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's endless investigation of the White House, nobody was ever charged with violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA) for outing Valerie Plame, though Scooter Libby, Cheney's chief of staff, was convicted of making false statements to the FBI during the investigation for not remembering who told him Plame's name first several months after the fact. You should have just said you didn't remember, Scooter. It worked pretty well for Hillary. She used some variation of the 'I don't recall' testimony 250 times under oath, and not only is she not in the slammer, she could be the next president. Everybody says how smart Hillary is, but do we really want a president with such a bad memory ? Somebody get the gal some Ginko Biloba or something. I never cease to be amazed at what you can get away with if your last name is Clinton.
Anyway, with Valerie Plame Wilson's book being uncritically reviewed by the NY Times (naturally), and with Plame making an appearance on Hardball With Chris Matthews (which should be renamed Softball in light of Matthews fawning all over Plame), I think at least one person should have thought to ask the following question: Mrs. Plame, if you were so concerned that classified CIA operations were compromised by the release of your name, why did your book have to be so severely redacted by that very same CIA ? You didn't seem very concerned about revealing classified CIA operations when you wrote that book ! Plame said this on Matthews' show:
MATTHEWS: OK. What do the people—what do the spooks you work with think, the real hard case spies? Do they feel that this impeached their role, that this really undercut them, this whole Valerie Wilson case?
WILSON: They know that it happened to me, but it could have just as easily happened to them. Something I feel passionately about is the amount of politics that has spilled into the intelligence realm, which distorts and dilutes the product and thereby harms our national security.
I guess Valerie is even MORE passionate about making millions in a book deal than she was about the intelligence community. I also imagine if Val was so concerned about staying covert, she maybe wouldn't have posed for the cover of Vanity Fair magazine when she was still working at the CIA. Not to mention that Valerie Plame was SO SO SO deep undercover that she drove right to work at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va every single day, not that anyone would ever think to look for CIA employees there. Heavens no. Did I mention that the CIA CONFIRMED PLAME'S EMPLOYMENT OVER THE PHONE FOR BOB NOVAK when he called to ask if she worked there ? Yeah, this gal was DEEP undercover, man. A real spook. About as deep as I am. And speaking of politics spilling over into the intelligence realm, the fact that Joe and Valerie were Kerry campaigners and supporters probably doesn't matter either, right ? How about the fact that the British stand by those 16 words Bush said in that speech ? And does anyone really believe that Joseph Wilson could go to Niger for 8 days to sip tea and come up with all the facts about Saddam seeking uranium ? How can anyone NOT see that Joe Wilson was on a mission to undercut the Bush administration from the beginning, spurred on by his wife, so pardon me if I don't shed a tear for poor Valerie Plame, who along with her hubby wanted to bring down a president. I don't buy the Wilsons act for a minute. They aren't nearly as naive and innocent as they pretend to be, and a lot more people would know it if we actually had a media in this country instead of a bunch of partisan parrots pushing the liberal company line, mixed in with the dumbed down infotainment morons reporting every move by Britney Spears or Paris Hilton.