Valerie Plame’s identity was a secret. Or as eriposte puts it Treasongate: For the Nth time, She Was Covert:
Now, thanks to a heads-up from Ga6thDem, we have another confirming report from the great Walter Pincus (joined by Jim VanDeHei) in the Washington Post. I am also happy to see that the article (at least for now) is a front pager.
I wonder if Peter King has the WSJ reporter who wrote this story on his hit list of reporters, along with Chris Matthews and Tim Russert, who should be shot?
[Update: 7/21 6:30 a.m. PST] The word “Dentists” in my title was originally “Sources.” I think the opinions of Dentists have far more credibility than the opinions of “Sources.”
Both the WSJ and Washington Post printed this account of the memo that was circulated aboard Air Force One by Ari Fleischer. As eriposte puts it:
Another moment of Zen it is:
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.
hmmmm. I wonder if Ken Mehlman or Peter King is going to be on one of the Sunday Funny Shows explaining how it is still a mystery whether or not Valerie Plame was really an undercover CIA operative?
I know. I know. It’s naive of me to continue believing that at some point reality will penetrate the cable television and talk radio universe, but I continue to cling to the notion that even the most brazen White House sockpuppets will eventually conclude that Karl Rove is not worth sacrificing their last miniscule shred of human dignity. At some point the shame of defending treason will compel Sen. McCain or Sen. Voinivic or perhaps Sen. Hagel to break the Republican death pact and say enough is enough. Karl Rove must go.