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Wednesday, October 26, 2005 

Greed: Plame

I am writing this before any rumored indictments are issued.

I don’t understand much about the CIA/Plame/Rove/Scooter/Novak/Miller stuff that seems to be all the rage in the blogosphere. All I can figure out is that Mrs. Wilson(Plame) works for the CIA and got her husband an assignment. After Amb. Wilson started to make headlines with his well documented case of BDS, the name “Valerie Plame” appeared in a Robert Novak column, which “blew” her “cover”, which would be bad.

I am not going to even try to understand the details and political intrigue, but it seems that Carl “the axis of evil” Rove and “Scooter” (gawd, how does a guy named “Scooter” get such a high ranking position?) Libby are believed my many to be the source of the name “Valerie Plame”. The supposed motivation for this “leak” was to “get” Amb. Wilson for “speaking truth to power”.

We all know that Washington runs at about a 3rd Grade level of maturity when it comes to stuff like this. This stuff smacks of “Scooter told Bobby that Valarie kissed Joey in Niger and Bobby wrote it on the hallway wall” and grew from there. Of course, outing an undercover CIA agent is bad, so I agree that it has to be investigated.

I am not saying that Ms. Plame/Wislon/Whatever wasn’t undercover or anything, but why must it be a sinister/childish act that exposed her name? Why have I not heard that her name could have been uncovered by simple investigative journalism? How hard is it to use public records to figure this out once Amb. Wilson started his BDS tirade?

It is public record that the Wilsons are married and that Mrs. Wilson’s maiden name was “Plame”. Mrs. Wilson must have listed her employer on some public record at some time because many reporters have listed it in stories as “Brewster-Jennings & Associates” which is a well known CIA front company, again according to many published stories. So, with a few Google searches or trips to county courthouses, a good reporter would have had the name and a connection to the CIA. A good reporter would also say “Hey, didn’t the CIA send Amb. Wilson to Niger?” and a story is born.

Could this reporter have been pushed in the right direction by Administration Official, I guess, but the above scenario seems way more likely than the multiple conspiracy theories that are flying about the press and blogosphere.

I guess “Reasonable Doubt” isn’t an impediment to indictment.

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