Under Cover of SCOTUS Appointment, Niger Affair Continues

With all the buzz surrounding President Bush’s appointment of John Roberts to the Supreme Court some may have forgotten about the ongoing investigation into who in the White House leaked the undercover CIA identity of Valerie Plame (Wilson). Don’t get me wrong, I do not dispute the fact that a Supreme Court nomination has a tremendous impact on the public. Considering that Roberts is only 50 years old, if approved it is likely that he will serve through roughly 10 Presidential terms. That being said, I am sure that both camps will grace us with a confirmation circus fit for Vegas so in the mean time I would like to redirect some attention to the scandal at hand.

Over these past two days a couple of earth shattering revelations in The Niger Affair have passed nearly unnoticed. First, an American Prospect article revealed that during his initial interview with the FBI, Karl Rove misled investigators into believing that he had not discussed Plame’s identity until after the article by Robert Novak appeared.

Rove insisted, he had only circulated information about Plame after it had appeared in Novak’s column. He also told the FBI, the same sources said, that circulating the information was a legitimate means to counter what he claimed was politically motivated criticism of the Bush administration by Plame’s husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson.

If this is true, we have a full blown perjurer on our hands and we all know that perjury is the worst crime a public official can commit – we need only look to Bill Clinton as proof. I can not think of any reason why Rove would have ommitted from the interview his conversation with Cooper other than to mislead the investigators. Keep your eyes on this story.

The second big revelation came yesterday in the Wall Street Journal and has been followed up on by the Washington Post today. Apparently a classified State Department memo was circulated among Administration officials on July 10, 2003 that clearly identified the identity of Valerie Plame as secret.

A classified State Department memorandum central to a federal leak investigation contained information about CIA officer Valerie Plame in a paragraph marked “(S)” for secret, a clear indication that any Bush administration official who read it should have been aware the information was classified, according to current and former government officials.

The paragraph identifying her as the wife of former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV was clearly marked to show that it contained classified material at the “secret” level, two sources said. The CIA classifies as “secret” the names of officers whose identities are covert, according to former senior agency officials.

So now we have proof that her identity was no secret to the administration contrary to claims by Rove. Very interesting. At this point I have a question, does anyone reading this believe that it was not the intention of this administration to leak Plame’s identity in order to discredit the work Joe Wilson did in disproving the Niger yellow-cake claims by Dubbya? Seriously. If you agree that this is the case then you must take it one step further and ask, why were they so intent on discrediting this man? The answer as I stated on Monday is clear, they were hell-bent on propping up the WMD lie as a reason to invade Iraq.

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