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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Right-wing Media And Pundits Seize On White House CIA Operative Blunder

Valerie Plame (Former CIA Outed 
Via Bush operatives)
 and Husband Joe Wilson

Valerie Plame: Congressional hearing
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In 2003, the Bush Administration busied with historic "charge to war" malfeasance that not only led to thousands of deaths, many more thousand sufferers of maiming and disabilities, a ruined US economy and no bid contracts for Halliburton (former CEO Dick Cheney), and led to Executive Branch 'outing' a CIA asset: Valerie Plame. Right-wing media are feeding their sycophants with all sorts of garbage related to the inadvertent release of a CIA official assigned to duty in Afghanistan. The opportunity to directly address Right-wing communication operatives and their mission against the Obama Administration is stifled by the need to spend a few minutes as follows.

I once thought the American public possessed effective memory and good judgment when matters of state reached the point of grave acts and major revelations. My naivety has been hit with "in-your-face" reality, after current issues regarding NSA monitoring of Meta-data and related monitoring (commence in 2001 and published via the USA Today in 2006) continues to boil-over with millions exalting Edward Snowden as a hero.  

My naivety has, via the current flap over the criminal acts of VA Hospitals, been scrubbed across my psyche comparable to that of an embarrassed kid when faced with the reality that really smart girl down the street just defeated me in a game of marbles. Moreover, she then owned my favorite "Cats eye"  specimens. I assumed the American public was aware of problems with the VA and fully aware of Veteran complaints about poor service or the lack of service. While the current investigation is yielding horrors, why are we amazed? Did you feel Veteran complaints were unfounded?  

My naivety is embarrassing; naivety that led to reflection of reminders Bush/Rove/Scooter Libby and Ari Fleischer (CNN's Fleischer) were instrumental in retribution against an active CIA operative because her husband would not lie about Uranium (in Niger) for Saddam's  WMD . CBS Linked here. Joe Wilson and 30 seconds via the old and credible 60 Minutes)

A bit of background information before we follow Media Matters via a detailed and thorough piece regarding Right-wing trumpeting VA failures as political fodder. 
Media Matters

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In 2003, The Bush Administration Deliberately Exposed The Identity Of Then-Covert CIA Operative Valerie Plame

Vice President Cheney's Chief Of Staff And Other Bush Administration Officials Deliberately Exposed Identity Of Then-Covert CIA Operative Valerie Plame. Newsweek reported that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was convicted in March 2006 "of obstruction of justice, false statements and perjury relating to what he knew, and with whom he shared information, about Valerie Plame Wilson in the weeks prior to her outing by Columnist Robert Novak in a July 14, 2003 newspaper column":
[A]t least three other Bush administration officials--former deputy secretary of State Richard Armitage, White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove and former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer (who testified under a grant of immunity) -- also disclosed information about Valerie Wilson's identity to journalists. But Fitzgerald contends that Libby's disclosures -- primarily to New York Times reporter Judith Miller -- were made "deliberately and for the purpose for influencing media coverage of the public debate concerning intelligence leading to the war in Iraq" and, according to Libby's own testimony, "may have been sanctioned by the Vice President." [Newsweek5/28/07]
Robert Novak Identified Karl Rove As One Of The Sources Leaking Plame's Identity. CNN reported that Robert Novak identified Karl Rove as having confirmed Plame's identity:
Novak's initial disclosure -- attributed to "two senior administration officials" -- triggered a criminal probe that resulted in last year's indictment of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who at the time was Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff.
Novak wrote Tuesday that none of his sources have been indicted.
The Libby indictment stated that Rove, identified as "Official A," had discussed Plame's identity with Novak. But Rove's lawyer Robert Luskin said in June that Rove had been informed that he would not face charges in connection with the probe.
Novak said a third source, CIA spokesman Bill Harlow, confirmed Plame's identity. [, 7/11/06]
Former Time Magazine Reporter Matthew Cooper Identified Karl Rove As The Original Source Who Leaked Plame's Identity. In Time's July 25 2005 issue, former Time reporter Matthew Cooper identified Karl Rove as the source who identified Wilson's wife as a CIA agent during a telephone conversation. [, 7/17/05]

Valerie Plame's Employment For The CIA Was Covert And Classified

Valerie Plame's CIA Employment Was Classified For Her Protection And For National Security. U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald, who led the investigation into the leak, explained in an October 2008 press conference that Plame's CIA employment had been classified, and like any CIA operative, had been classified for the protection of Plame as well as for "the nation's security":
FITZGERALD: Before I talk about those charges and what the indictment alleges, I'd like to put the investigation into a little context.
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. [The New York Times,10/28/05]
Plame Confirmed In Testimony That She Was a "Covert Officer Whose Affiliation With The CIA Was Classified." Plame testified in 2007 to the House Government and Oversight Committee that "in the run-up to the war with Iraq, I worked in the Counterproliferation Division of the CIA, still as a covert officer whose affiliation with the CIA was classified." [Think Progress, 3/16/07

Valerie Plame Was Not Just A Desk Worker, But "Was A Covert Employee" Of The CIA That "Traveled Overseas On Official Business." In a court filing, Patrick J. Fitzgerald concluded that Valerie Plame traveled "overseas on official business" in her assignment at the time and "was a covert employee for whom the CIA was taking affirmative measures to conceal her intelligence relationship to the United States." [CBS News, 5/29/07]

Within the past week someone on the White House Staff committed an egregious error in releasing the name of a top CIA official in Afghanistan. There is little doubt the responsible party should be relieved of any communication, responsibility in the White House. Such errors should never happen. As a news and current events geek, I cannot recall another such inadvertent release during my lifetime.

Of course, totally expected, the Right has come forth with attacks on the Obama Administration.  As the Right demagogues, I cannot find one report or acknowledgment of past harm to a member of our INTEL community from the White House. Media Matters lists week long right-wing media unfair and unbalanced attacks regarding the accidental release of the operative's name. Linked here.

I am linking the piece here, If you failed to follow the Media Matters link to a 2006 article related to the outing of Valerie Plame.

As I recognize the mission of right-wing media, such attacks, as stated above, are expected. The ultimate tragedy is the extent to which people simply accept the dogma and demagoguery without reflection on the intentional release of Bush/Rove outing Valerie Plame. 

Ergo, the salient issue is people simply absorbing the demagoguery propaganda, and enacting human behavior that pushes the nation back into the manipulative and greedy hands of the political Right. In other (and much more simpler) words, you vote and you vote based on information outside the scope of balanced reporting.


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