It was Wilson who decided to punish Rove, making the false claim that Rove outed his wife as a covert CIA operative when, in fact, she's just a CIA employee, which is common knowledge. But Rove is not the target.....Don't be fooled its Bush they are going after.
(CNN) -- The 1982 Intelligence Identities Protection Act is the federal statute that apparently is at the heart of the investigation by a special prosecutor into who in the government leaked the identity of a covert CIA operative to a newspaper columnist two years ago.
The law makes it a crime to knowingly disclose the identity of an agent and specifies penalties of a fine amounting to as much as $25,000 or up to five years in prison, or both.
CNN anchor Kyra Phillips talked Thursday with Bruce Sanford, a Washington-based First Amendment attorney who helped draft the law.
PHILLIPS: Well, aside from maybe partisan politics, looking strictly at the law that you drafted, do you see any evidence, according to this law, any evidence of any criminal wrongdoing?
SANFORD: No, I think it's pretty clear that what Karl Rove said to Time magazine's Matthew Cooper doesn't even come close to the kind of knowing violation that is required by the act. Really, the act really requires an intent to harm national security, and that certainly can't be said in these circumstances, I think.
SANFORD: That's pretty clear from the notes, the e-mails that Time magazine released to the grand jury that [White House political adviser] Karl Rove said that [former Ambassador Joseph] Wilson's wife -- he didn't even use her name -- but Wilson's wife "apparently works" at the CIA.
It seems to me there's a substantial question whether she qualifies as the kind of covert agent that was envisioned by the act. There are very tight requirements for that.
And there is a substantial doubt whether the agency was taking the kind of affirmative measures to conceal her identity that the act talks about.
PHILLIPS: So, Bruce, how would you define a covert agent?
SANFORD: I think a covert agent under the act has to be someone who has deep cover, who is working abroad. Not just traveling abroad, but is stationed and working abroad sometime within the last five years.
And USA Today reported that Joe Wilson's book has even made -- if you do the timeline, the Wilsons were married in 1998. There's some question whether she was even abroad during the last five years.
She really had a desk job at [CIA headquarters in] Langley [Virginia] and was driving in and out of the CIA every day. That's not exactly deep cover.
PHILLIPS: Well, breaking the law or partisan politics, do you think Valerie Plame [Wilson's wife] is now damaged goods?
SANFORD: Well, ... it is worth remembering that when Robert Novak, the columnist, disclosed her identity in his column, he had called the CIA to tell them he was going to do that, and they didn't stop him.
They did not do what the CIA normally does in that situation if they want to protect or continue to protect somebody's identity. ...
They didn't call his syndicate. They didn't scream at him, say you're going to endanger her life or [en]danger her career, that sort of thing. They just sort of shrugged and said, "Well, I guess she won't be getting any more overseas assignments."
I don't think that's the kind of affirmative measures that the agency needs to be taking in order to invoke the statute.
This about says it all. There was no crime, no law was broken according to a man who helped draft that law.
A former CIA covert agent who supervised Mrs. Plame early in her career yesterday took issue with her identification as an "undercover agent," saying that she worked for more than five years at the agency's headquarters in Langley and that most of her neighbors and friends knew that she was a CIA employee.
"She made no bones about the fact that she was an agency employee and her husband was a diplomat," Fred Rustmann, a covert agent from 1966 to 1990, told The Washington Times.
"Her neighbors knew this, her friends knew this, his friends knew this. A lot of blame could be put on to central cover staff and the agency because they weren't minding the store here. ... The agency never changed her cover status."
Mr. Rustmann, who spent 20 of his 24 years in the agency under "nonofficial cover" -- also known as a NOC, the same status as the wife of Mr. Wilson -- also said that she worked under extremely light cover.
In addition, Mrs. Plame hadn't been out as an NOC since 1997, when she returned from her last assignment, married Mr. Wilson and had twins, USA Today reported yesterday.
The distinction matters because a law that forbids disclosing the name of undercover CIA operatives applies to agents that had been on overseas assignment "within the last five years."
"She was home for such a long time, she went to work every day at Langley, she was in an analytical type job, she was married to a high-profile diplomat with two kids," Mr. Rustmann said. "Most people who knew Valerie and her husband, I think, would have thought that she was an overt CIA employee."
So once again, where is the crime, when no law was broken. It has to be proven Karl Rove intentionally gave up a covert agent with the knowledge that she was deep undercover. And this is very important -- the CIA had to be taking the affirmative measures to keep her identity secret. The CIA did not do that, they (CIA) took no measures to protect that identity. They gave her a desk job in Langley. You don't really have somebody deep undercover going back and forth to Langley daily, where people can see them, now do you?
This article is also from TIME back from Oct. 27, 2003
"The Unmasking of Valerie Plame Sheds Light on the Shadowy World of NOCs," a Spy with Nonofficial Cover is an NOC.
Plame worked as a spy internationally in more than one role. Fred Rustmann, a former CIA official who put in 24 years as a spymaster and was Plame's boss for a few years, says Plame worked under official cover in Europe in the early 1990s — say, as a U.S. embassy attache — before switching to nonofficial cover a few years later. Mostly Plame posed as a business analyst or a student in what Rustmann describes as a "nice European city." Plame was never a so-called deep-cover NOC, he said, meaning the agency did not create a complex cover story about her education, background, job, personal life and even hobbies and habits that would stand up to intense scrutiny by foreign governments. "[NOCs] are on corporate rolls, and if anybody calls the corporation, the secretary says, 'Yeah, he works for us,'" says Rustmann. "The degree of backstopping to a NOC's cover is a very good indication of how deep that cover really is."
Though Plame's cover is now blown, it probably began to unravel years ago when Wilson first asked her out. Rustmann describes Plame as an "exceptional officer" but says her ability to remain under cover was jeopardized by her marriage in 1998 to the higher-profile American diplomat. Plame all but came in from the cold last week, making her first public appearance, at a Washington lunch in honor of her husband, who was receiving an award for whistle blowing. The blown spy's one not-so-secret request? No photographs, please.
So Time Magazine printed in Oct. 27, 2003 that her undercover work was over in 1998. Did they forget what they printed?
A$$ wipe Joe Wilson writes that he and his future wife both returned from overseas assignments in June 1997. The law against unmasking the identities of U.S. spies says a 'covert agent' must have been on an overseas assignment 'within the last five years.' Remember the assignment also must be long-term, not a short trip or temporary post, two experts on the law say. Wilson's book makes numerous references to the couple's life in Washington over the six years up to July 2003. So unless she was really stationed abroad sometime after their marriage, she wasn't a covert agent protected by the law, according to Bruce Sanford
, an attorney who helped write the 1982 act that protects covert agents' identities as I pointed out above.
Oh and lets remember Joe Wilson Names His Wife in His Own Online Biography!
"Valerie had nothing to do with the matter," Wilson wrote in a memoir published this year. "She definitely had not proposed that I make the trip." You will see that he lied about this when you read the Senate intellience report. He lied about documents, he lied about what he found in Niger, he's lied about who sent him on the trip. The guy can't tell the truth about anything.
Heck, he won't even admit he is a Democrat. Joe Wilson says he's nonpartisan. He's not. In 1985-1986, he served in the offices of Senator Albert Gore and the House Majority Whip, Representative Thomas Foley, he was an advisor to the Kerry campaign, Chuckie Schumer held his hand for the press conference, now Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich speaking up.
On 7/14/2005 Joe Wilson was on the Today show where he was asked about his party afilliation.
I exercise my rights as a citizen of this country to participate in the selection of my leaders and I am proud to do so. I did so in the election in 2000 by contributing not just to Al Gore's campaign, but also to the Bush-Cheney campaign.
But here's the truth:
The District of Columbia voter registration database shows Mr. Wilson as a registered Democrat.
One quick look at publicly available information at http://www.opensecrets.org/
reveals that Wilson is hardly a non-partisan guy.
In 2002 Wilson contributed $1,000 to Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY). He also contributed a total of $1,750 to three others: two relatively unknown congressmen -- Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Rep. Nick Rahal (D-WV) -- and a Democratic senatorial candidate in Idaho, former Ambassador to Belgium Alan Blinken.
In 2000, while he contributed $1,000 to George Bush's presidential campaign, Wilson also contributed $1,000 to Al Gore's presidential campaign. In addition, he gave $1,000 to Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and $500 to Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) that same election cycle.
Joseph Wilson Has Donated Over $8,000 To Democrats Including $2,000 To John Kerry For President In 2003, In 2004 Wilson contributed $2,000 to Sen. John Kerry (D-MA).$1,000 To Hillary Clinton’s (D-NY) HILLPAC In 2002 And $3,000 To Al Gore In 1999. from OpenSecrets web site.
Wilson Endorsed John Kerry For President In October 2003 And Advised The Kerry Campaign. AP story on 10/23/2003
[Wilson] Admits ‘It Will Be A Cold Day In Hell Before I Vote For A Republican, Even For Dog Catcher. New York Times.
If he'd lie about something as easy to find out as this, what else is he lying about?
The Senate Intelligence Committee report has concluded that it is Wilson himself who has been telling lies. Read for yourself how he got up in his own lies.
Starts on page 39
B. Former A$$ Wipe Ambassabor
Pay special attention to pages 44 and 45.
Bob Somerby notes:
And the following morning, Wilson’s juices were clearly flowing when he glad-handed (and semi-misstated) on CNN’s American Morning:
BILL HEMMER (7/7/03): Ambassador Joseph Wilson is back with us here on American Morning live in D.C. Good to have you back! Good morning to you!
HEMMER: It's a wonderful day for us here at American Morning! You went to Niger several years ago. You concluded essentially that Iraq could not buy this uranium from that country. Why not?
WILSON: Well, I went in, actually in February of 2002 was my most recent trip there—at the request, I was told, of the office of the vice president, which had seen a report in intelligence channels about this purported memorandum of agreement on uranium sales from Niger to Iraq.
So, Somerby provides evidence for Wilson having said at least on one occasion that he was told Cheney's office made the request for his trip. Now, this is not the same as Wilson saying that he had personal knowledge that Cheney's office sent him, only that he was told that Cheney's office was involved in some way.
Back to Rove. To Mr. Rove's credit, he had issued a global or blanket release, waiving any confidentiality so that all reporters he had communicated with on the Wilson-Plame matter could step forward and provide Grand Jury testimony. Reportedly, this waiver was signed by Rove about a year and a half ago. Matt Cooper's negotiated release from confidentiality this past week represented pure theatrics. Cooper had that blanket release from Rove, which already applied to him and any other reporter.
So now you have Judith Miller sitting in jail, and Rove said it's a journalist that first told him about all this and he doesn't remember who. And the New York Times has been leading the liberal charge. And now the New York Times leave their reporter in jail because.... even though there's a waiver that's been granted by Rove, she won't come forward and identify her source. It's got to be because it's too embarrassing to her and to the New York Times. WHO IS HER SOURCE???????