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  •  She was still legally NOC so long as CIA was (5+ / 0-)
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    taking positive steps to protect her identity as a covert operator.  Val's undercover status was confirmed by both the CIA Inpector General and by Fitzgerald.

    The fact that foreign spies may have been tipped off to her identity by traitors doesn't effect the legal conequences of that action.

    •  Not the legal consequences (6+ / 0-)
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      but it would explain why people like Novak were saying that it wasn't any great surprise. They'd long since betrayed her project.

      That might also explain why wingers were demanding proof that the exposure of her identity had damaged CIA ops: Most of the damage had been done two years prior.

      Something to think about, anyway.

      No laws but Liberty. No king but Conscience.

      by oldjohnbrown on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 10:56:32 PM PST

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      •  Grossman wasn't the only one who outed CIA/CPD (10+ / 0-)

        On Jun 1, 2001, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage was quoted by The Financial Times as saying that the U.S. Government was aware that a certain "retired official" within the Pakistani nuclear establishment had been engaged in trading nuclear and ballistic missile technologies with North Korea.  Armitage was referring here to AQ Khan.

        By publicly outing Khan, Armitage in effect also blew the cover off the operation that had been run for years by CIA's Counter-Proliferation Division (CIA/CPD), where Valerie Plame worked under Non-Official Cover (NOC) at Brewster Jennings Associates (BJA), a CIA proprietary company.

        Armitage's leak virtually coincided with Grossman's telephone call to a Northrop Grumman employee (or lobbyist) connected to ATC, warnng that BJA is "the government".  

        This was indeed a coordinated effort by ranking officials within the Bush State Department to effectively cripple the CIA/CPD.  It did occur more than two years before Ambassador Wilson published his Op-ed in the New York Times.  Armitage and Grossman were also at the leading edge of the Admnistrtation's later campaign directed specifically at Valerie Plame.

        Neither Armitage nor Grossman have been held accountable for the grave damage they did to US intelligence operations directed at the AQ Khan nuclear network.  

        •  Armitage + Grossman = official policy? (2+ / 0-)
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          I wonder whether both the #2 and the #3 men in the  State Dept. would have gone ahead and done something like this without a green light from higher up.

          The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

          by lysias on Sun Jan 27, 2008 at 06:40:24 AM PST

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    •  The fact that one country knows an agent's (0+ / 0-)

      identity doesn't mean that other countries do.  At least it doesn't necessarily mean it.

      The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

      by lysias on Sun Jan 27, 2008 at 07:00:15 AM PST

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