06. November 2005 · Comments Off on Investigate The CIA · Categories: General

Just how bad did the CIA screw-up in the Wilson/Plame affair? While this doesn’t cover the outting of Plame to Moscow and Havana, here’s everything else from Victoria Toensing at OpinionJournal:

In a surprise, closed-door debate, Senate Democrats last week demanded an investigation of pre-Iraq War intelligence. Here’s an issue for them: Assess the validity of the claim that Valerie Plame’s status was “covert,” or even properly classified, given the wretched tradecraft by the Central Intelligence Agency throughout the entire episode. It was, after all, the CIA that requested the “leak” investigation, alleging that one of its agents had been outed in Bob Novak’s July 14, 2003, column. Yet it was the CIA’s bizarre conduct that led inexorably to Ms. Plame’s unveiling.

When the Intelligence Identities Protection Act was being negotiated, Senate Select Committee Chairman Barry Goldwater was adamant: If the CIA desired a law making it illegal to expose one of its deep cover employees, then the agency must do a much better job of protecting their cover. That is why a criterion for any prosecution under the act is that the government was taking “affirmative measures” to conceal the protected person’s relationship to the intelligence agency. Two decades later, the CIA, either purposely or with gross negligence, made a series of decisions that led to Ms. Plame becoming a household name:

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