There have been several reports that the Special Prosecutor’s office has been asking Valerie Plame’s neighbors whether they knew she was a CIA agent.
A series of interviews by F.B.I. agents on Monday revived the possibility that Mr. Fitzgerald might be considering such a charge. Several neighbors of Ms. Wilson and her husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV, a former ambassador, were asked whether they knew that Ms. Wilson, also known by her unmarried name, Valerie Plame, had covert status.
Several neighbors, some who have known her for years, said they did not know before Mr. Novak’s column that she worked for the C.I.A.
Maybe they are looking into the man who said this:
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.
Bringing out someone like Rustmann would fit the pattern. (Think Swift Boaters.) This was in the Washington Times. I heard it on Limbaugh. And of course it was repeated on Fox. Remember the people who said things about the Clintons, and we found out later they were paid?