"Wilson on Thursday acknowledged his wife was no longer in an undercover job at the time Novak's column first identified her.
"My wife was not a clandestine officer the day that Bob Novak blew her identity," he said.
But in an interview Friday, Wilson said his comment was meant to reflect that his wife lost her ability to be a covert agent because of the leak, not that she had stopped working for the CIA beforehand."
Stop the Presses!
Can you believe this guy??
No Mr. Wilson, that isn't what you meant and you know it! Cripes, this guy doesn't even know what he wrote in his own book. He has a real problem when someone catches him in a lie, as he tries the "Oh, no, I meant..." or "I must of misspoken...." crap. He's not just a liar - he's absolutely pathological! How did a bullcrap artist like this, get such an important mission with national security on the line - that's the travesty of this whole affair.
Now for a little CIA spin...
"Melissa Mahle, a former CIA agent who knows Plame, said her friend's exact status at the time of the outing isn't the issue. She stressed that Plame was an expert in weapons of mass destruction, which is no light intelligence matter.
"Valerie was an undercover officer ... the reality is, Valerie has no cover anymore," said Mahle, the author of "Denial and Deception." "When you're an undercover officer, you nurture that undercover" status and the contacts you make during the job, she added.
"It's not so important what she was doing that moment in time because your career is linked by all of your activities and if you were exposed by beig a CIA officer, bad guys are going to start looking at what you were doing before and backtracking."
On the issue of allegations that Plame was actually the one who sent Wilson to Niger — and not someone within the Bush administration, Mahle said that isn't possible given the rigid chain of command in the CIA.
"You don't send somebody oversees as an officer ... we have a chain of command ... those kind of decisions go up your chain so Valerie wasn't in the position of making that decision," she added."
Man-O-Man.....Ms. Plame sure has a lot of "defenders" but doesn't speak for herself - amazing.
Ms. Mahle....no one ever said Plame "sent" her husband, but the Senate Intelligence Report very clearly states she recommended him. If she had no "decision" in the matter, how did she "sell" the idea? Or, was she just "selected" to enlist her husband.
Secondly, wrong on "it her status 'not being the issue', Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982, ONLY covers those who:
1. Are CURRENTLY working covert.
2. Who are working covertly overseas, or have within the last five years.
3. Have been "specifically identified" for protection by the CIA.
Valerie, no matter what her WMD responsibilities at the time, was not in a covert/protected status. Heck, every employee at the firm has a 'sensitive job', but they aren't covered by the law. Let's just knock off the "symantecs", the law didn't apply. Thus, no law was broken. THAT's the issue.
Not to mention this fact that nobody is talking about. The fact that Novak BEFORE publishing his story contacted the CIA about the fact he was going to mention Ms. Plame's name and the CIA did squat about it. If she were in fact a covert op they would have screamed bloody murder. Puleeasee! In fact the source at the CIA confirmed her non-covert status.
I'll tell you, this is getting better every day......I can't wait for the lid to blow off this farse!