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    Can anyone enlighten me about this amicus brief filed by 36 major news organizations and prepared by Victoria Toensing and the law firm of Baker and Hostetler. It appears the conservative folks are talking about this as justification that news organizations don't believe Plame is covert. I find it fishy but I don't know enough so can anyone enlighten me. A gloating Republican friend (yes I have them)cited this from the brief:

    At the threshold, an agent whose identity has been revealed must truly be "covert" for there to be a violation of the Act. To the average observer, much less to the professional intelligence operative, Plame was not given the "deep cover" required of a covert agent. ... She worked at a desk job at CIA headquarters, where she could be seen traveling to and from, and active, at Langley. She had been residing in Washington -- not stationed abroad for a number of years. ... [T]he CIA failed to take even its usual steps to prevent publication of her name.

    http://www.bakerlaw.com/files/tbl_s10News/FileUpload44/10159/Amici%20Brief%20032305%20(Final).PDF

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