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Argument: Argument thesis  Outing of Valerie Plame was a criminal act
Node type: Node refutes parent assertion  This node refutes its parent
Parent Node: Node refutes parent assertion  Plame was not covert, she was an analyst
Node Text: Contradicted by multiple coworkers at CIA

"Valerie Plame was an undercover operations officer until outed in the press by Robert Novak.

. . .

Valerie Plame was a classmate of mine from the day she started with the CIA. I entered on duty at the CIA in September 1985. All of my classmates were undercover--in other words, we told our family and friends that we were working for other overt U.S. Government agencies. We had official cover. That means we had a black passport--i.e., a diplomatic passport. If we were caught overseas engaged in espionage activity the black passport was a get out of jail free card.

A few of my classmates, and Valerie was one of these, became a non-official cover officer. That meant she agreed to operate overseas without the protection of a diplomatic passport. If caught in that status she would have been executed."

Subsequently, Johnson writes to Washington Post Ombudswoman Deborah Howell to criticize advocacy on behalf of Scooter Libby.

"Dear Ms. Howell:

Instead of turning to someone who actually knows the truth you prefer to bury your head in the sand of ingnorance. It is not just my word. You can ask a host of retired CIA officers who can verify that Valerie Plame was covert until her identity was compromised in the Robert Novak article. The willful ignorance of the Post is a disgrace to journalism. The number of people who can vouch for Valerie's identity is significant.

Ask Tyler Drumheller, Chief of the European Division ofthe CIA Directorate of Operations. Ask Robert Grenier. Ask me. Ask Jim Marcinkowski.Ask Mike Grimaldi. Ask Brent Cavan. Ask Gary Berntsen. Ask Mike Gorbel. instead of talking to CIA officers who know firsthand, you rely on Victoria Toensing, who has ZERO experience as a CIA officer. Hell, ask John McLaughlin. Ask Bill Harlow(oops, I forgot, he already told your reporters she was undercover and asked them ot to report it.)"
Node Created: coolgeek — 2007-03-05 22:04:29

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