Saturday, July 02, 2005

Turd Blossom Dirty Trick Goes Up In Plume Over Plame

-Augie



"Houston we have a problem." The second high ranking source of the leaking of CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity has been confirmed by Time reporter, Matt Cooper. It's none other than the senior political advisor, affectionately called "Turd Blossom" by the president, Karl Rove.

Valerie Plame was a senior CIA operative, who ran an undercover operation to track the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. In addition to blowing her cover, the disclosure also put at risk employees of the cover company she had run, as well as any missions were active at the time. Who knows what intelligence, sources, or operations were compromised by this?

The Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982 (50 U.S.C. 421 et seq.) makes it a felony to disclose "information by persons having or having had access to classified information that identifies covert agent," punishable by fines up to $50,000, up to ten years imprisonment, or both. Other crimes under 50 U.S.C 421 include conspiracy, misprision of felony, aiding and abetting such disclosure.

We now have the two sources responsible for this. Vice President Cheney's Chief of Staff, I. Lewis Libby, and the President's Senior Political advisor. To say this wasn't a well coordinated dirty trick is implausible. Can this level of decision making happen without the knowledge of higher ups? Would any reasonable person believe that their strategy didn't have approval? This wasn't a leak. This was a coordinated effort of political revenge against the wife of Ambassador Wilson, who was being punished for telling the American people that the documents, used by President Bush to make his sale of nuclear material to Iraq claim, were forgeries, and poorly done forgeries at that.

Watergate or Iran Contra pale in comparison when the risk to the security of the United States is considered. John Walker and Aldrich Ames compromised our security for financial gain. Libby and Rove, with probable knowledge higher-ups put our security at risk for a cheap political gain. The acts were the same. No difference. The only remaining question was whether Vice President Cheney or President George Bush had foreknowledge of these acts or participated in any cover-up.

Updates:

I shook loose a few of the cobwebs, and dug up this March, 2004 article. If this has legs, add perjury to the charges.

Josh Marshall poses an interesting question. ...Fitzgerald shouldn't be pressing matter of jailing journalists unless he thinks he's on his way to prosecuting a serious crime.

So just a question: Would Fitzgerald have pushed to get Cooper and Miller in the slammer if some other party in the White House weren't in a lot of trouble?

1 Comments:

At 5:30 AM, Anonymous writergrl22 said...

Wow, wow and wow. Astutely stated, Mr. Tuck. And yes, Houston, the Turd Blossom has hit the fan. Look forward to your further commemts/research.

 

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