Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Valerie Plame Case Shows "Political"Leanings

The following research was conducted as a related issue to Triple Cross Peter Lance vs CrissCrossed Larry Johnson prior to (Dec. 13, 2006) 10 a.m. and finding the response by Peter Lance.

Great find for perspective and motives per Larry Johnson... apparently he's a supporter of the Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson camp...

Response to Wash Post Editorial of 9/1/06 Saturday, 02 September 2006
Wrecking Patrick Fitzgerald? by Larry C. Johnson

Now, I'm up front about my bias in this case. Valerie Wilson is an old friend and colleague who was an excellent case officer until Robert Novak, citing Bush Administration sources, flagged her as a CIA employee. Until that day in July 2003, her husband and her friends (who were witting of her true employment status) protected her cover. She was in the process of shifting from "non-official cover" status to "official cover". Both types of cover are protected under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act.

It was the Bush Administration--Richard Armitage, Scooter Libby, and Karl Rove--who spread the lie that Valerie sent her husband, Joe Wilson, to Africa as part of an elaborate conspiracy to damage the credibility of the Bush Administration.
(Wrecking Patrick Fitzgerald?Larry Johnson, No Quarter)

The Johnson piece:

She was in the process of shifting from "non-official cover" status to "official cover". Both types of cover are protected under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act.

those are challenging words to us.

But first, Johnson says:

Robert Novak... flagged her as a CIA employee.

Novak didn't use the word "employee" - he used the word operative - and he didn't even use the acronym CIA. He used agency. (Novak didn't capitalize the A in agency, though subsequent articles about the quote have the a capitalized!)

Novak column Mission To Niger Monday, July 14, 2003; Page A21

Wilson never worked for the CIA, but his wife, Valerie Plame, is an agency operative on weapons of mass destruction. Two senior administration officials told me that Wilson's wife suggested sending him to Niger to investigate the Italian report. The CIA says its counterproliferation officials selected Wilson and asked his wife to contact him.

Also see the recent Novak Accuses Plame Source of Distortion Armitage Minimizes Role In Leak; Columnist Differs By R. Jeffrey Smith Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 14, 2006; Page A12

Next, are both types of cover non-official and official protected as Johnson claims?

We're almost tempted, but not quite that desperate, given the wording in the disclaimer right up front in the wikipedia post, and the line, obviously making a determination, not just giving us facts:

In December 2004, over a year after Novak blew her cover, pictures of Joe Wilson and his wife appeared in Vanity Fair.

We're just dealing with Johnson's statement that both non-official and official covers are subject to the Act.

OK. Yes, but when classified. Thanks to for posting the archived:

November 1, 1981 The Intelligence Identities Protection Act (S.391 -H.R.4)
by Francis, Samuel T. Issue Bulletin #70

More resources

Monday, July 11, 2005 10:16 p.m. EDT
Deputy AG: Valerie Plame Leak Not Illegal

Writing in January in the Washington Post, former Assistant Deputy Attorney General Victoria Toensing explained that she helped draft the 1982 law in question.

Said Toensing: "The Novak column and the surrounding facts do not support evidence of criminal conduct."

For Plame's outing to have been illegal, the one-time deputy AG explained, "her status as undercover must be classified." Also, Plame "must have been assigned to duty outside the United States currently or in the past five years."

Since in neither case does Plame meet those criteria, Toensing argued: "There is a serious legal question as to whether she qualifies as 'covert.'"

The law also requires that the celebrated non-spy's outing take place by someone who knew the government had taken "affirmative measures to conceal [the agent's] relationship" to the U.S.

Toensing said that's unlikely.

In fact, the myth that the Intelligence Identities Protection Act was violated in the Plame case began to unravel in October 2003, when New York Times scribe Nicholas Kristof revealed that she abandoned her covert role a full nine years before the Novak column.

"The C.I.A. suspected that Aldrich Ames had given [Plame's] name [along with those of other spies] to the Russians before his espionage arrest in 1994," reported Kristof. "So her undercover security was undermined at that time, and she was brought back to Washington for safety reasons."

The Times columnist also noted that Plame had begun making the transition to CIA "management" even before she was outted by Novak, explaining that "she was moving away from 'noc' – which means non-official cover ... to a new cover as a State Department official, affording her diplomatic protection without having 'C.I.A.' stamped on her forehead."

In the piece,
The Big Lie About Valerie Plame by Larry Johnson, also see the post of Victoria Toensing's The White House’s Legal Katrina


also in the piece, see On May 4, 2006 - 3:08pm Lance Starlark

As my search continues, don't miss this compilation October 3, 2003 Valerie Plame's Real Job - even though a lot is left out of the listings and a biased comment is made.

Christopher Hitchens What Goes Around, Comes Around
The Plame kerfuffle has made hypocrites of just about everyone

Timeline provided by FactCheck

The Meaning of the Armitage Leak in the Plame Case


The piece "Sick of C-Span 2008 Talk of Hillary Clinton When Superhighway Ignored" was moved for clarity.

C-Span Focus on Hillary Clinton Presidential Prospects Ignores NAFTA Superhighway

Right C-Span, let's talk all day about whether Hillary Clinton, who spent $45 million, reportedly, to just retain her Senate seat is going to run for President of U.S. in 2008. Don't have a round of guests to talk about what is happening now - plans for a superhighway and gutting of United States Constitution.

NAFTA superhighway - read as snub of U.S. Constitution - joining hands across borders - the “Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America,” or SPP.

The SPP was first launched in 2005 by the heads of state of Canada, Mexico, and the United States at a summit in Waco.

The SPP was not created by a treaty between the nations involved, nor was Congress involved in any way. Instead, the SPP is an unholy alliance of foreign consortiums and officials from several governments. One principal player is a Spanish construction company, which plans to build the highway and operate it as a toll road. But don’t be fooled: the superhighway proposal is not the result of free market demand, but rather an extension of government-managed trade schemes like NAFTA that benefit politically-connected interests.

The real issue is national sovereignty. Once again, decisions that affect millions of Americans are not being made by those Americans themselves, or even by their elected representatives in Congress. Instead, a handful of elites use their government connections to bypass national legislatures and ignore our Constitution-- which expressly grants Congress the sole authority to regulate international trade.

The ultimate goal is not simply a superhighway, but an integrated North American Union--complete with a currency, a cross-national bureaucracy, and virtually borderless travel within the Union. Like the European Union, a North American Union would represent another step toward the abolition of national sovereignty altogether.


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