Veteran covert agent discussed her years of training that culminated in, but of course - posing for Vanity Fair with a high profile int'l newsmaker husband in? Why, sunglasses and a scarf.
Masterful, serious agent, not out to create her own fable one iota.
My man Charles on some of this:
From Brit Hume's show last Friday-
What we just heard her say was complete nonsense. What the trial showed was that the leaker was Richard Armitage who was not a political opponent of hers or of her husband. If anything, he was a political opponent of Cheney and the vice president's office who was, in fact, if anything, an opponent of the war. And his leak was obviously not a political act at all.
So, the entire premise of her story is false. There's a fable that she and her husband have constructed of this attempt to discredit him as revenge. In fact, what they were doing was rebutting his story which had all kinds of -- of facts in it which were untrue. For instance, there's this story about she denies that she was the one who recommended him, and she explained it today in a very odd way.
She said she was discussing the request for sending someone to investigate a story of Niger when an underling upset about this request and someone happened by, and that other person is the one who said well, let's send your husband.
Well -- and then she says she and the mysterious stranger then went and spoke with the supervisor, and her husband got sent, she was asked to write a memo. Well, I'm inclined to believe that if she can produce the mysterious stranger. Has she? I'm not sure. Has anybody asked who the mysterious stranger is?
Look, if there wasn't a crime, then all of this is a scandal that shouldn't have been. If it wasn't a crime, what happened? It was an indiscretion on the part of Armitage who was not an enemy of these people. It should not have happened, but it's certainly not a crime. It's not a conspiracy. And Plame herself today had said, when asked about her own status as a covert agent, said, "I'm not a lawyer. I don't even -- I don't know."
If she didn't know her own status, how does she expect the White House and others to know her status?