Thu Nov 17th, 2005 at 02:07:41 AM EST
The initial discussion throughout the American press, picked up by some on this website, was that someone, specifically Scooter Libby had "outed" Valerie Plame who was an undercover agent. After discussion and research, Jerome and I agreed that Valerie was not an undercover agent, and that discussion was posted earlier. Note the charge against Libby was not the he "outed an undercover agent".
Libby was then charged by Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald of 5 counts, ranging from revealing confidential information, to obstruction of justice and perjury. It's a joke in Washington that it was confidential information that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA, and that she was an undercover agent. This of course will come out as people have to go under oath, or anticipate that happening, and it started in a formal basis today. Bob Woodward apologizes and states that he learned of Plame's "confidential" status from someone other than Libby one month before Libby allegedly mentioned this. Woodward goes on to state that he told other reporters, but they state they don't remember that revelation. Others of less public noteriety are also coming forth with this same information--you may not have seen this yet. Particularly, and this is my opinion based upon what I have heard from many, there are lots of people that knew Plame worked for the CIA--it was known by a large group of people. And when a trial (which by the way will never happen) presents itself, and all of these people go under oath, what everyone already knew will be obvious. Valerie was not undercover, and was not confidential.
It's a shame that this trial will not happen, because it would be wonderful to have Joe Wilson under oath, and subject to perjury. What most on this website seem to not know, is that he has publicly lied. His statement in the papers that he reported to the CIA that Iraq was not looking for nuclear weapons is a total lie, and is documented as such in the bipartisan report from Congress--a report that was agreed to by 100% of the members, both Democrat and Republican. This report shows that Wilson's verbal (not written, a very unusual exception in itself) actually supported the British position that Iraq had tried to get yellow cake from Niger. You don't have to believe me, if you do not believe this, look at Wilson's published article, and then read the bipartisan report.
For me, it's disgusting that our news media can't simply report facts, that can be found in the public arena.