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Friday, July 15, 2005

Rove - Todays "Deep Throat"

So I'm home sick today, and also getting pretty sick of the MSM. Okay - thats everyday, but this whole Plame thing is getting really old.

The Washington Times has a good article that starts to finally draw attention to some of the actual facts in this case.



A former CIA covert agent who supervised Mrs. Plame early in her career yesterday took issue with her identification as an "undercover agent," saying that she worked for more than five years at the agency's headquarters in Langley and that most of her neighbors and friends knew that she was a CIA employee.

"She made no bones about the fact that she was an agency employee and her husband was a diplomat," Fred Rustmann, a covert agent from 1966 to 1990, told The Washington Times.

"Her neighbors knew this, her friends knew this, his friends knew this. A lot of blame could be put on to central cover staff and the agency because they weren't minding the store here. ... The agency never changed her cover status."

Mr. Rustmann, who spent 20 of his 24 years in the agency under "nonofficial cover" -- also known as a NOC, the same status as the wife of Mr. Wilson -- also said that she worked under extremely light cover.

In addition, Mrs. Plame hadn't been out as an NOC since 1997, when she returned from her last assignment, married Mr. Wilson and had twins, USA Today reported yesterday.

The distinction matters because a law that forbids disclosing the name of undercover CIA operatives applies to agents that had been on overseas assignment "within the last five years."


Time and NRO go into the e-mails in question.

Some government officials have noted to Time in interviews (as well as to syndicated columnist Robert Novak) that Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, is a CIA official who monitors the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. These officials have suggested that she was involved in her husband's being dispatched to Niger to investigate reports that Saddam Hussein's government had sought to purchase large quantities of uranium ore, sometimes referred to as yellow cake, which is used to build nuclear devices.

Plame's role in Wilson's assignment was later confirmed by a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation.

Luskin told NRO that the circumstances of Rove's conversation with Cooper undercut Time's suggestion of a White House "war on Wilson."

According to Luskin, Cooper originally called Rove — not the other way around — and said he was working on a story on welfare reform. After some conversation about that issue, Luskin said, Cooper changed the subject to the weapons of mass destruction issue, and that was when the two had the brief talk that became the subject of so much legal wrangling. According to Luskin, the fact that Rove did not call Cooper; that the original purpose of the call, as Cooper told Rove, was welfare reform; that only after Cooper brought the WMD issue up did Rove discuss Wilson — all are "indications that this was not a calculated effort by the White House to get this story out."


Facts are that Joe Wilson is a liar. This also is proven by NewsWEAK of all places.



In a brief conversation with Rove, (Time reporter Matthew) Cooper asked what to make of the flap over Wilson's criticisms. NEWSWEEK obtained a copy of the e-mail that Cooper sent his bureau chief after speaking to Rove. (The e-mail was authenticated by a source intimately familiar with Time's editorial handling of the Wilson story, but who has asked not to be identified because of the magazine's corporate decision not to disclose its contents.)

Cooper wrote that Rove offered him a "big warning" not to "get too far out on Wilson." Rove told Cooper that Wilson's trip had not been authorized by "DCIA"—CIA Director George Tenet—or Vice President Dick Cheney. Rather, "it was, KR said, wilson's wife, who apparently works at the agency on wmd (weapons of mass destruction) issues who authorized the trip."

The e-mail characterizing the conversation continues: "not only the genesis of the trip is flawed and suspect but so is the report. he (Rove) implied strongly there's still plenty to implicate iraqi interest in acquiring uranium from Niger..."

Jonathan (great name) over at GOP Bloggers expands the thought.

Recall, that Wilson's wife worked at a desk in Langley and was not a covert agent. Recall that Wilson was tapped by his wife for the Niger mission. Recall that Wilson's claim to have debunked the Iraq-Niger uranium story has been totally discredited. The MSM will ignore all this as it joins forces with the Democrats to attack the Bush Administration.

Jonathan also says,

"Either it is extraordinarily shoddy reporting by incompetent writers, or it is an old-fashioned partisan hatchet job. You be the judge."

He then compares the Bloomberg article to the Senate report exposing the media lie/bias. Also proving that Joe Wilson himself is a big liar.



In fact, Wilson has been thoroughly discredited by two special inquiries, one in the U.S. and one in the U.K. First, the bi-partisan Senate Intelligence Committee's July 7, 2004 report:

-The Committee report notes that the CIA intelligence report "did not refute the possibility that Iraq had approached Niger to purchase uranium." (page 44)

-The Committee report notes that Wilson admitted that he may have "misspoken" or become "confused" about documents he claimed were forged, since he never saw them (page 45)

-Undermining Wilson's claim to have debunked the Niger-uranium story, the Committee report states that "DIA and CIA analysts said that when they saw the intelligence report they did not believe that it supplied much new information and did not think that it clarified the story on the alleged Iraq-Niger uranium deal." (page 46)

-And, disproving critics who claim the Administration twisted the intelligence or ignored it altogether, the Committee report states that "Because CIA analysts did not believe that the report added any new information to clarify the issue...CIA's briefer did not brief the Vice President on the report, despite the Vice President's previous questions about the issue." (page 46)

-And, despite Wilson's assertions that his wife had nothing to do with his selection for the mission, the Committee report finds that "the former ambassador's wife 'offered up his name' and a memorandum to the Deputy Chief of the CPD (Counter-Proliferation, where Wilson's wife worked) on February 12, 2002, from the former ambassador's wife says, 'my husband has good relations with the PM and the former Minister of Mines (not to mention lots of French contacts), both of whom could possibly shed light on this sort of activity." (page 39)

The British Government also conducted a special inquiry, led by Lord Butler, which concluded that: the statement in President Bush's State of the Union Address of 28 January 2003 that (page 123): The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.
was well-founded.

Hat tip also to Blogs for Bush
.


The Washington Post had plenty to say on this, considering they weremiffed because the Senate Intelligence report proved Wilson had lied to them also. Looking back on the article that brought to light that Wilson is a liar …

Wilson's assertions -- both about what he found in Niger and what the Bush administration did with the information -- were undermined yesterday in a bipartisan Senate intelligence committee report.

The panel found that Wilson's report, rather than debunking intelligence about purported uranium sales to Iraq, as he has said, bolstered the case for most intelligence analysts. And contrary to Wilson's assertions and even the government's previous statements, the CIA did not tell the White House it had qualms about the reliability of the Africa intelligence that made its way into 16 fateful words in President Bush's January 2003 State of the Union address.

The report turns a harsh spotlight on what Wilson has said about his role in gathering prewar intelligence, most pointedly by asserting that his wife, CIA employee Valerie Plame, recommended him.

Plame's role could be significant in an ongoing investigation into whether a crime was committed when her name and employment were disclosed to reporters last summer.

The report also said Wilson provided misleading information to The Washington Post last June. He said then that he concluded the Niger intelligence was based on documents that had clearly been forged because "the dates were wrong and the names were wrong."

"Committee staff asked how the former ambassador could have come to the conclusion that the 'dates were wrong and the names were wrong' when he had never seen the CIA reports and had no knowledge of what names and dates were in the reports," the Senate panel said. Wilson told the panel he may have been confused and may have "misspoken" to reporters. The documents -- purported sales agreements between Niger and Iraq -- were not in U.S. hands until eight months after Wilson made his trip to Niger.
Mac refers to this with the excellent question … “Over one year later, that question, "How did Wilson know?", hasn't been answered.”


So here we are with a media feeding frenzy, and (D)umbassrats crying and whining and
writing stupid amendments.



Democrats had been pressuring the White House to act all week, but yesterday decided to try to force the matter.

Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, along with Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois and three other top Democrats, called for the end of security clearance for anyone "who discloses, or has disclosed, classified information, including the identity of a covert agent of the Central Intelligence Agency, to a person not authorized to receive such information."

Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican, called Democrats' amendment "purely a political amendment" and then submitted his own.


It would have stripped clearance from federal officeholders who make "reference to a classified Federal Bureau of Investigation report on the floor of the United States Senate, or any federal officeholder that makes a statement based on a FBI agent's comments which is used as propaganda by terrorist organizations thereby putting our servicemen and women at risk."

The former is a reference to Mr. Reid, who mentioned the FBI file of one of Mr. Bush's judicial nominees, and the latter is a reference to Mr. Durbin, whose comparison of U.S. interrogation techniques at Guantanamo Bay to Nazi and Soviet regimes was cited in Middle Eastern press, including Al Jazeera.



(note here that I think although Frists return answer by filing his own was funny … I think he should have just left it alone and let the (D)umbassrats look stupid alone. I have noticed a lack of coverage on this, however, there would have been none at all if Frist hadn’t done that.)


Anyways, let’s look at the facts. Plame sat at a desk in Washington. She was not, and I personally doubt she had ever been, a “covert” operative. She was a pencil pushing, data reviewing, and overly inflated egotistical nothing. She committed nepotism by getting her husband a vacation on the taxpayers dime. He then returned and submitted a classified report to the CIA, but immediately went on a media tour saying the complete opposite of what he reported and offering it as proof to all the anti - Iraq war people. Why not after all? It wasn’t likely that a classified CIA report would ever come out and expose him for the liar he is.

He then takes a job with the Kerry campaign, and makes a small fortune continuing his media blitz (bringing his wife along to sit beside him and be in cover photos, etc.)

He then testifies to the Senate and his lies are brought out. (I bet Martha Stewart wishes all she got for lying, and not even under oath, was an eventual second money making media tour).The Kerry campaign quietly kicks him out the door, and no more media money coming in.

He then cries foul that someone “outed” his wife’s identity (which he himself had already done in his ‘I want to be important’ bios and writings on his web site … which have since been removed).

The media blitz takes back off … this poor man … been so bi-partisan and yet the Bush administration is for no good reason out to destroy him!


Bi-partisan? Hardly!

As Bob Shrum points out (brought up at The New Editor) … through opensecrets.org you can find out that …



In 2000, while he contributed $1,000 to George Bush's presidential campaign, Wilson also contributed $1,000 to Al Gore's presidential campaign. In addition, he gave $1,000 to Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and $500 to Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) that same election cycle.


In 2002 Wilson contributed $1,000 to Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY). He also contributed a total of $1,750 to three others: two relatively unknown congressmen -- Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Rep. Nick Rahal (D-WV) -- and a Democratic senatorial candidate in Idaho, former Ambassador to Belgium Alan Blinken.

In 2004 Wilson contributed $2,000 to Sen. John Kerry (D-MA).

Alot of blue there. A couple reds to cover the bases in his hopeful re-emerging political career. (P.S. - In 2000 he donated to Bush, but voted for Gore).

His own bio – “He also In 1985-1986, served in the offices of Senator Albert Gore and the House Majority Whip, Representative Thomas Foley...”

Hat tip to Blogs for Bush for having above 2 items also mentioned.

Plame a “covert” agent? Think again. According to The Legal Information Institute



(4) The term “covert agent” means—
(A) a present or retired officer or employee of an intelligence agency or a present or retired member of the Armed Forces assigned to duty with an intelligence agency—
(i) whose identity as such an officer, employee, or member is classified information, and
(ii) who is serving outside the United States or has within the last five years served outside the United States; or
(B) a United States citizen whose intelligence relationship to the United States is classified information, and—
(i) who resides and acts outside the United States as an agent of, or informant or source of operational assistance to, an intelligence agency, or
(ii) who is at the time of the disclosure acting as an agent of, or informant to, the foreign counterintelligence or foreign counterterrorism components of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; or
(C) an individual, other than a United States citizen, whose past or present intelligence relationship to the United States is classified information and who is a present or former agent of, or a present or former informant or source of operational assistance to, an intelligence agency.


So the investigation continues, and reporters are either testifying … or not. Those that have simply say that Rove basically warned them that there is more to the story and that they better tread lightly covering it. Almost like the whole “Deep-Throat” thing back in the 70’s. An official tips a reporter off that the story they are running goes deeper than the surface they see.

As DANE says …



The obvious:
"The NYTimes is condemning Rove for telling the truth while their own NYTimes reporter is in jail for NOT telling the truth." -- DANEgerus

Confirmed by the fact:
As NYTimes reporter Judith Miller is in jail for NOT revealing her source then it can't be Karl Rove...


I concur. And this is more proof that the media feeding frenzy is just the fact that it is the Liberal media attack against Bush … a.k.a. … Same old - same old. Not to mention that now that proof that it was one of their own that first leaked the information to Rove to begin with, they need to cover their collective asses …

Proof?

Mark in Mexico breaks down the latest press conference … 71% of the questions dealt with their desire to prove Rove guilty and have Rove fired.

Michelle proves media bias on this issue …

In summary, I’ll go with what’s said over at Blogs for Bush



Karl Rove didn't "out" a covert CIA agent, the CIA agent was not covert, no one's career was destroyed (indeed, Wilson made a tidy sum out of the affair...and, of course, no one exposed an Administration lie requiring Rovian retaliation because there was no lie to expose; in fact, the only lies told in the case were told by the man, Wilson, who is said to have exposed lies. Wilson lied about what he found vis a vis Saddam's attempt to obtain uranium in Africa; Wilson actually confirmed Administration assertions, reported as much to the CIA and then went out and lied all about it in the New York Times and in the Senate.


Conservative Outpost has a nice round up.

Karl Rove is on trial by the (D)umbassrats, and the media for simply telling a reporter what they already knew, and that there is more so you might want to look deeper into the story before you go to press ... kinda like a "deep-throat" thing ...

In closing I’ll just say that for his own egotistical reasons and the desire to be important, Joe Wilson was the first to use his wifes name, and to use her position. I am lead to believe that in the long run we will find out the true source, and the one Judith Miller of the NY Times (like hello … NY Times … like anyone there would go to jail to protect a Republican?) is sitting in jail to protect is really Joe Wilson yet again …


Maybe if he was 30 years down the road, writing a book, and a reporter already had one written ... and it was something that tore down a (R)epublican ... he'd be considered a hero by the (D)umbassrats and the media ... hhhmmmmmmm.

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