11 years after former CIA operative Valerie Plame was deliberately exposed by the Bush administration as the US officials tried to apply pressure on her husband [Joseph Wilson], an American diplomat criticizing the US invasion to Iraq; the Obama Administration’s press service unwittingly put the real name of the CIA’s top spy in Afghanistan on the ‘pool report’ distributed to over 6,000 journalists.
(Emphasis, mine; spin, theirs.)
So Plame was “outed” as she trekked through the wilds of Virginia, but this fellow’s identity was revealed while he served in Afghanistan.
I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby went to jail for the fact that Richard Armitage mentioned Plame’s name in public, even though her name and her employer were well-known and the notion that she was a deep-cover operative was laughable. (In case, you thought misread, Libby went to jail for that actions of someone else.) One wonders if Libby—or Armitage–apologized to Plame for imperiling her missions as she traversed that dangerous territory between Langley, Starbucks, Whole Foods and her home.
By the way, didn’t a CIA station in Afghanistan get blown up by a jihadi in 2010?
Also being wondered about: whether someone in this administration be held responsible for putting the Afghanistan operative’s life in real danger.
Okay, I’m not really wondering about that.
Unwittingly? Unwittingly, my backside. This administration’s dummy act has worn thin. Outside of Joseph Biden and a few others, that act is a cover for a more sinister and more deadly mindset.
American efforts in Afghanistan have long been sabotaged. It’s time to come home.
Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!