Friday, July 22, 2005

Former Intelligence Officers Criticize GOP on Plame Coverup

Not surprisingly, the CIA is not happy about the White House's act of leaking the identity of one of them for political gain. They aren't called Central Intelligence for nothing--they can see through all the spin. Eleven former intelligence officers are speaking up and stating that leaking Plame's identity may have damaged national security and threatens the ability of U.S. intelligence gathering per AP reports:

In a statement to congressional leaders, the former officers said the Republican National Committee has circulated talking points focusing on the idea that Plame was not working undercover and deserved no protection.

There are thousands of U.S. intelligence officers who work at a desk in the Washington, D.C., area every day who are undercover as Plame was when her identity was leaked, the 11 former officers said in a three-page statement.

The former officers' statement comes amid revelations that top presidential aide Karl Rove was involved in leaking Plame's identity to columnist Robert Novak and Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper, and that Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis Libby, also was a source for Cooper on the Plame story.

The leaking of Plame's identity followed public criticism leveled against the Bush White House by Plame's husband, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson. He suggested the administration had manipulated intelligence to justify going to war in Iraq. A criminal investigation into the leaks is ongoing.

"Intelligence officers should not be used as political footballs," the 11 said. "In the case of Valerie Plame, she still works for the CIA and is not in a position to publicly defend her reputation and honor.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Business as usual at Houston World Oil Inc. Only question is how to formulate a "believable" lie to cover up the perjury, coverup the obstruction of justice, treason in outing an intelligence officer....and best of all, enshrine the lie about WMD's that was the designer-pretext to launch an oil war for corporate oil lands acquisition. That's all. Lets assume the good Republican prosecuter can cooperate with his grand 'ol party of oil war designers to keep the lid on this and keep the lies coming. Deal in the works. I bet a good Republican judge is just the man for the coverup completion job.

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