The Corner

Corn Strikes Back

On his blog, David Corn attempts to rebut my NRO piece. I don’t think he gets very far but it’s here so you can judge for yourself.

His major argument is that Bob Novak reporting that Joe Wilson’s assignment for the CIA came about because Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, a CIA operative, recommended him, is no different from David Corn revealing that Valerie Pame was a “top-secret” CIA agent.

He adds: “Once Valerie Wilson’s name appeared in Novak’s column, her days as a CIA undercover official were done.”

But why would that be? If the day after Novak’s column came out, Valerie Plame, CIA analyst at CIA HQ in Langley, were to disappear, and Mallory Flame, arms dealer, were to arrive in Istanbul with a passport and contacts and a “legend,” how would anyone make the connection?

They could not, nor would anyone who had worked with Plame in the past know anything –assuming that when Plame had been under cover she had used false identities.

However, once Wilson told Corn – and Corn published — that Plame was not just a CIA analyst but a secret agent with an extensive network of contacts, and once she and Joe posed for pictures in Vanity Fair, her career as an undercover spy was indeed over.

BTW, he also says I ignored his notes to me. In fact, I published them all, though not in the story but here in the Corner under the title “Reporters’ Notebooks.”

He also continues to deny that Wilson was his source. So how did he know things that Novak didn’t report? He doesn’t tell us, he just says things llike, “the story was that Valerie worked for an energy firm…”

The story? Whose story? Novak didn’t tell this story? Who did? What was the source?

Clifford D. MayClifford D. May is an American journalist and editor. He is the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy institute created shortly after the 9/11 attacks, ...

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