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If you watch the Plame movie, remember the real history first

Plame and the ‘Bush Lied’ Meme
August 29, 2006 by Jack Kelly

Mr. Wilson’s charge was important because it marked the beginning of the “Bush lied” meme about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. But investigations by the Senate Intelligence Committee; the Robb-Silberman Commission on prewar intelligence, and the British Butler Commission all concluded it was Mr. Wilson who was not telling the truth. Saddam had indeed tried to buy uranium in Africa, as even Mr. Wilson himself had acknowledged to the CIA officers who debriefed him after his Niger trip.

One of the false claims Mr. Wilson made was that he had been sent to Niger at the request of Vice President Dick Cheney. In his July 14, 2003 column, Robert Novak disclosed that he had been sent instead at the insistence of his wife, Valerie Plame, who worked at the CIA.

Ms. Plame had once been an undercover operative. Concern was expressed that the leaker had violated the Intelligence Identities Protection Act.

The Wilson-Plame-Novak-Rove Blame Game
November 23, 2005 by Factcheck.org

Armitage: Joe Told Everyone About Wife
February 13th, 2007 by Sweetness and Light

Whopper: Joseph Wilson
December 3, 2003 by Timothy Noah

My Role in the Valerie Plame Leak Story
July 12, 2006 by Robert Novak

Armitage leaked Plame, but Fitzgerald blames Bush?
by Mark Kilmer

Was Plame covert? Conservative commentators weigh in
June 6, 2007 by Alex Koppelman

MSNBC host Tucker Carlson, whose father, Richard Carlson, is on the advisory committee for the fund set up to help pay for Libby’s defense, told Salon that he believes the CIA was defining Plame as covert at the time of Novak’s column, but questioned the definition.

“If it is in fact true that she had served under nonofficial cover and was then working at Langley, the story is why was CIA calling her covert? … I’m covert too, how does that sound? What does that mean?” Carlson said. “CIA clearly didn’t really give a shit about keeping her identity secret….

Was She Covert?
March 22, 2007 by Robert D. Novak

As House intelligence committee chairman when Republicans controlled Congress, Hoekstra had tried repeatedly to learn Plame’s status from the CIA but got only double talk from Langley. Waxman, 67, the 17-term congressman from Beverly Hills, may be a bully and a partisan. But he is no fool who would misrepresent the director of central intelligence. Waxman was correctly quoting Hayden. But Hayden, in a conference with Hoekstra yesterday, still did not answer whether Plame was covert under the terms of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act.

The former CIA employee’s status is critical to the attempted political rehabilitation of former ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife. The Democratic target always has been Karl Rove, President Bush’s principal adviser. The purpose of last week’s hearing was to blame Rove for “outing” Plame, in preparation for revoking his security clearance.

Claims of a White House plot became so discredited that Wilson was cut out of Sen. John Kerry’s presidential campaign by the summer of 2004. Last week’s hearing attempted to revive a dormant issue. The glamorous Mrs. Wilson was depicted as the victim of White House machinations that aborted her career in intelligence.

Waxman and Democratic colleagues did not ask these pertinent questions: Had not Plame been outed years ago by a Soviet agent? Was she not on an administrative, not operational, track at Langley? How could she be covert if, in public view, she drove to work each day at Langley? What about comments to me by then CIA spokesman Bill Harlow that Plame never would be given another foreign assignment? What about testimony to the FBI that her CIA employment was common knowledge in Washington?

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