Treason, Plain and Simple
You'd think, during a time of war, the Bush administration would have paused just for a moment to think through the wisdom of outing a CIA agent whose expertise was in WMDs. But, no.
Even the most radical liberal American citizen realizes the necessity of maintaining a strong CIA for our national security.
For an administration to conspire to out an agent is treason- nothing less.
And for Bush and Cheney to have the temerity to praise Scooter Libby's performance after he was indicted shows they have no moral compasses whatsoever.
These BushCo criminals are not only bad guys, they are inept bad guys.
Read what they did to Valerie Plame and her entire family:
Wilson Says Leak Destroyed Wife's CIA Career
Sunday 30 October 2005
Washington - Valerie Plame's nearly two-decade career at the CIA and the secret life she crafted to conceal it were blown when her identity was revealed by a newspaper columnist, her husband, Joe Wilson said in a CBS "60 Minutes" interview on Sunday.
Wilson, a former career diplomat, said Plame, 42, was in shock when she saw her name and that of her fictitious employer published in a syndicated column by Robert Novak.
"She felt like she'd been hit in the stomach. It took her breath away," Wilson said.
"When he published her name-- it was very easy to unravel everything about her, her entire cover," Wilson said. "You live your cover."
Asked whether she realized then that her career as a CIA undercover agent was over, Wilson said: "Absolutely. Sure. There was no doubt about it in her mind. And she wondered for what."
Wilson contends that his wife's identity was deliberately revealed by the Bush administration to get back at him for publicly challenging U.S. prewar intelligence on Iraq.
Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff Lewis Libby was indicted on Friday on obstruction of justice and perjury charges in the two-year-old investigation into who leaked Plame's identity.
The CIA declined to comment, citing the ongoing legal process.
Before the exposure, Plame's identity had been a well kept secret. Friends and even relatives were kept in the dark about her work, Wilson told "60 Minutes."
"The day that Mr. Novak's article appeared, my sister-in-law turned to my brother and said, 'Do you think Joe knew?' So, not even my brother or my sister-in-law or any of my immediate family knew," Wilson said.
Former CIA agent Jim Marcinkowski, now a city attorney in Royal Oak, Michigan, told "60 Minutes" it was "outrageous" that Plame had been exposed.
"CIA people don't like cameras. We don't like publicity. We operate in the background as much as possible. So she's in a very, very uncomfortable spot," said Marcinkowski, who trained with Plame at the CIA.
"Her career has been ended, Marcinkowski said when asked about the damage to Plame, who is the mother of 5-year-old twins.
Wilson said his wife quickly recovered after the initial shock of having her identity compromised "and started making lists of what she had to do to ensure that her assets, her projects, her programs and her operations were protected."
He said there had been some "specific threats" and that he and his wife had discussed security with various agencies, but he could not say anything further.
The Washington Post reported that Plame, the daughter of an Air Force colonel and a teacher, was recruited by the CIA at the age of 22, shortly after graduating from Pennsylvania State University.
She was trained at a CIA facility simply known as "The Farm" near Williamsburg, Virginia and was in the 1985-86 class of CIA officers.
The newspaper quoted Larry Johnson, a former CIA analyst and acquaintance of Plame's who was in her officer training class as saying: "For all intents and purposes out at the CIA, she's like a leper ... she's radioactive."