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May 30, 2007



The identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame was compromised twice before her name appeared in a news column that triggered a federal illegal-disclosure investigation, U.S. officials say.

Mrs. Plame's identity as an undercover CIA officer was first disclosed to Russia in the mid-1990s by a Moscow spy, said officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

In a second compromise, officials said a more recent inadvertent disclosure resulted in references to Mrs. Plame in confidential documents sent by the CIA to the U.S. Interests Section of the Swiss Embassy in Havana.

If, in fact, Val Plame continued to work at the CIA as a "covert" agent after her identity had been compromised, twice, one is left to believe that Val Plame was either one of the bravest or one of the stupidest "covert" agents at the CIA.

I think it was either the latter or none of the above.

jj mollo

Having a blown cover may not be a disaster as long as you know it's blown and who knows about it. The Russians can be relied upon to keep the information to themselves, so she can be used in other capacities. It's pretty difficult to continue, however, after your identity has been printed in the press. Reporters, patriotic souls that they are, should refrain from releasing that information whether or not it is already widely known.


Heh, reporters print a lot of classified information from the CIA; it just seemed normal to print some about it.

Frank Warner

Good point. David Corn was the first reporter to print that Valerie Plame was a covert CIA officer, and Corn believed it to be true. Under Fitzgerald's rules of justice, why wasn't Corn arrested?

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