Friday, March 16, 2007

Valerie Plame redoubles the bid

Valerie Plame laid it all out during her testimony at the House Government and Oversight Committee. She was a covert operations officer for the CIA when the Bush administration blew her cover.

ThinkProgress has the video.

My name is Valerie Plame Wilson, and I am honored to have been invited to testify under oath before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the critical issue of safeguarding classified information.

I am grateful for this opportunity to set the record straight.

I’ve served the United States loyally and to the best of my ability as a covert operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency. I worked on behalf of the national security of our country, on behalf of the people of the United States, until my name and true affiliation were exposed in the national media on July 14th, 2003, after a leak by an administration official.

Today I can tell this committee even more.

In the run-up to the war with Iraq, I worked in the Counterproliferation Division of the CIA, still as a covert officer whose affiliation with the CIA was classified. I raced to discover solid intelligence for senior policymakers on Iraq’s presumed weapons of mass destruction program.

While I helped to manage and run secret worldwide operations against this WMD target from CIA headquarters in Washington, I also traveled to foreign countries on secret missions to find vital intelligence.

I loved my career, because I love my country. I was proud of the serious responsibilities entrusted to me as a CIA covert operations officer. And I was dedicated to this work.

It was not common knowledge on the Georgetown cocktail circuit that everyone knew where I worked. But all of my efforts on behalf of the national security of the United States, all of my training, all the value of my years of service, were abruptly ended when my name and identity were exposed irresponsibly.

Under oath. Already, in the ThinkProgress comments, some right-wing hacks are suggesting accusing Plame of lying. Of course, the obvious question is, why would she do that? She has CIA backing of her status at the time of being outed and her career as a CIA covert agent is over.

Liberal catnip is running a chronological updating post and it's the testimony of James Knodell, director of the White House security office which is now providing the most interest.

I wonder... is The Doughy Pantload going to apologize for being such fucking weiner? Nah, I suppose not. It's not as though it's much different from anything else he ever writes.

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