Valerie Plame: External Links 2005

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Valerie Plame: External Links 2005 provides links to articles related to the Valerie Plame case.

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2005 Articles & Commentary








  • "MSNBC Analyst Says Cooper Documents Reveal Karl Rove as Source in Plame Case," Editor & Publisher, July 1, 2005: "Now that Time Inc. has turned over documents to federal court, presumably revealing who its reporter, Matt Cooper, identified as his source in the Valerie Plame/CIA case, speculation runs rampant on the name of that source, and what might happen to him or her. Tonight, on the syndicated McLaughlin Group political talk show, Lawrence O'Donnell, senior MSNBC political analyst, claimed to know that name--and it is, according to him, top White House mastermind Karl Rove." Article includes transcript of O'Donnell's remarks.
  • Scott Shane, "Private Spy and Public Spouse Live at Center of Leak Case," New York Times, July 5, 2005.
  • M. Kane Jeeves, "Bush's Damaged Control,", July 5, 2005.
  • Pete Yost, "Judge Orders Jail for N.Y. Times Reporter," Associated Press, July 6, 2005.
  • "CNN's John King let Meese falsely claim that Plame was not an undercover officer," Media Matters for America, July 7, 2005: "On the July 5 edition of CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, guest host John King left unchallenged former Attorney General Edwin Meese's false claim that CIA officer Valerie Plame was not an undercover operative. ... King asked Meese to comment on the possibility that New York Times reporter Judith Miller and Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper could be jailed for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating the leaking of Plame's identity. Meese told King, 'I'm surprised the case has even gone this far, because I don't think this was really a covert agent. She was some sort of administrative person at the CIA, I think, at the time this occurred and I think, perhaps, this is an exaggerated case in its entirety.'"
  • Walter Pincus, "Anonymous sources: Their use in a time of prosecutorial interest," Nieman Reports, Summer 2005; reprinted on Nieman Watchdog website: "On July 12, 2003, an administration official, who was talking to me [Pincus] confidentially about a matter involving alleged Iraqi nuclear activities, veered off the precise matter we were discussing and told me that the White House had not paid attention to former Ambassador Joseph Wilsonâ??s CIA-sponsored February 2002 trip to Niger because it was set up as a boondoggle by his wife, an analyst with the agency working on weapons of mass destruction. ... In other words, the White House was not merely aware of Wilson's trip and its findings, someone had gone to the trouble to find out how the trip had originated, and then lied about Plame's involvement in order to discredit his findings. (Plame did not 'set up' the trip, as Pincus was told, nor did she 'authorize' it, as Rove told Cooper.) ... (Pincus's disclosure pretty much puts to rest the speculation that Miller's conversation with Rove was where he first found out about Plame.)"
  • Larry Johnson, "The Big Lie About Valerie Plame," TPM Cafe, July 13, 2005: "The misinformation being spread in the media about the Plame affair is alarming and damaging to the longterm security interests of the United States. Republicans' talking points are trying to savage Joe Wilson and, by implication, his wife, Valerie Plame as liars. That is the truly big lie. ... For starters, Valerie Plame was an undercover operations officer until outed in the press by Robert Novak. Novak's column was not an isolated attack. It was in fact part of a coordinated, orchestrated smear that we now know includes at least Karl Rove. ... 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."
  • Anne Marie Squeo and John D. McKinnon,"Memo Underscored Issue of Shielding Plame's Identity," Wall Street Journal Online, July 19, 2005: "A [June 10, 2003] classified State Department memo that may be pivotal to the CIA leak case made clear that information identifying an agent and her role in her husband's intelligence-gathering mission was sensitive and shouldn't be shared, according to a person familiar with the document."
  • "Ex-Intel Officers Speak on Plame's Behalf," Associated Press, July 22, 2005: "Eleven former intelligence officers are speaking up on behalf of CIA officer Valerie Plame, saying leaking her identity may have damaged national security and threatens the ability of U.S. intelligence gathering." Full July 18, 2005, letter posted on Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo website.
  • Christopher Wolf, "A neighbor's view of Valerie Wilson's 'outing'," USA Today, July 24, 2005.
  • Deborah Orin, "Report: Plame Gave Money to Anti-Bush Group," New York Post, July 27, 2005; posted on Fox News website.