Andy writes, in part:
This morning, the New York Times reports Valerie Plame Wilson’s assertion yesterday, in testimony before Rep. Henry Waxman’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, that the leaking of her name as a CIA operative (which the Times calls “the security breach”) might have “jeopardized and even destroyed entire networks of foreign agents, who in turn risk their own lives and those of their families to provide the United States with needed intelligence. Lives are literally at stake.”
ME: Imagine the damage the New York Times did when it revealed the existence of the NSA intercept program, or when the Washington Post revealed the secret CIA prisons in Europe. When will Waxman hold hearings about any of this?
I also have had enough of this game about Plame’s official status. I see no reason why, at this point, the CIA can’t release her official classification. Plame has retired. Everyone knows who she is. We don’t need to know what she was working on, we just want to know her official status. Everything suggests she was a desk jockey, despite the pedestrian use of the word “covert” to describe her status.