Friday, July 14, 2006


Plame Game - The Beginning

As I said, if Joe and Valerie want a war they just got one. Let's begin with Frontpage's David Horiwitz's help a little background:

"So now we know a lot of the facts. In the midst of a war, a rogue CIA employee named Valerie Plame set out to sabotage the President's war policy -- a policy to confront Sadddam over his violation of 16 UN resolutions sealing the Gulf War truce of 1991 which was launched in June 2002, and subsequently ratified by both political parties and both houses of Congress. To do this she recommended her husband be sent on a mission to Niger to discredit reports that Saddam was seeking fissionable uranium there. The President subsequently used the report in a 16 word passage in his State of the Union message of January 2003 in which he justified the coming war with Saddam. This statement triggered a public attack by her husband Joseph Wilson on the president's credibility even as the troops under his command were fighting off the terrorist "resistance" in Iraq. Forget for a moment the treasonous nature of an action designed to undermine a duly arrived at war policy and to destroy the credibility of the commander-in-chief while this nation's soldiers were in harm's way. The mere act of sending a relative on a mission like this was illegal under existing statutes for someone in Plame's position."

This was the fact that Novak said he wrote the column for. Novak wrote:

"I considered his wife's role in initiating Wilson's mission, later confirmed by the Senate Intelligence Committee, to be a previously undisclosed part of an important news story. I reported it on that basis."

The untold story is that that the rogues in the CIA - like Valerie - didn't want to this part of the story to get out. Nepotism is a federal crime, and while it wouldn't have necessarily have sent Plame up the river, it would blow the doors off the existance of those who were from the outset undermining the Administration's stance on Iraq. It would have also brought other embarrasing information out as well (I deal with this in a later post).

Subsequently when Novak was tipped to the effort, and wrote his column, the gig was up. Which is also why Rove is the hero of this story. Patriots are glad someone blew the whistle on such an overt act of treason.

However, being semi quick on their feet Wilson and Plame's handlers brought up the leak angle to quash the Nepotism question. Not that this wasn't a first as you will remember that Plame had previously "suggested" Wilson for a trip to Niger in 1999 - another secret they didn't want out, but got out it did.

Let's also not forget Wilson's amazing clarivoyance, of knowing what documents have and have not when in fact he never saw them (unless someone showed him).

And yet another fact - not previously visited is that Valerie Plame was later put on "forced administrative leave", and possibly - in effect - fired - over her actions.

However, she or Joe aren't totally out of potential jeopardy yet, and that's why I and others welcome this "lawsuit", because the "frog marching" Joe had wished for, may still happen.

UPDATE: Plame is yacking up a storm:

"WASHINGTON - Former CIA officer Valerie Plame and her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, said Friday they decided to sue Vice President Dick Cheney and presidential adviser Karl Rove because they engaged in a "whispering campaign" to destroy her career.

Plame told a news conference that "I and my former colleagues trusted the government to protect us in our jobs" and said it "betrayed that trust. I'd much rather be continuing my career as a public servant than as a plaintiff in a lawsuit."

Said Wilson: "We are under no illusions about how tough this fight will be. But we believe the time has come to hold those who use their official positions to exact personal revenge accountable and responsible for their actions." His wife said they decided to pursue the lawsuit with "heavy hearts."

Yeah, and the desire for fame. Valerie if you had trusted the Government instead of trying to overthrow it, you wouldn't have gotten yourself in such a mess.

Time for a teaser: Not all her co-workers and so-called "colleagues" were in collusion with her and Joe, and they have been, will be yacking it up too and very soon.

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