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They have this strange story out tonight that talks about the Joe Wilson’s and Valerie Plame’s son “outing” him. When I read it, well, it seemed like more of a paprazzi piece than a news story.

Here, just check out this part

HOUSTON (Reuters) – The Washington couple at the heart of the CIA leak investigation had their cover blown by their small son as they tried to sneak away on vacation on Thursday.

“My daddy’s famous, my mommy’s a secret spy,” declared the 5-year-old of his parents, former diplomat Joe Wilson and retired CIA operative Valerie Plame.

The former spy, who just retired from the agency, and the diplomat have been at the center of a CIA leak scandal that has reached into the White House.

They said they were headed to an undisclosed vacation location with their twins but stopped for a brief interview inside the airport terminal.

And if that wasn’t odd enough…there’s this…

Plame’s cover at the CIA was blown after her husband accused the Bush administration of twisting prewar intelligence to support military action against Iraq. Wilson said it was deliberately intended to undercut his credibility.

I’m sorry, but didn’t Robert Novak blow her cover? And didn’t the administration (possibly unwittingly) blow it before Novak published his column?

Pardon me, but I’m extremely confused by this story.

  • anonymous

    Wilson blew her cover and it s okay because they are married.

  • anonymous

    Dad (husbands have legal rights) did right after Ames sold her- and CIA covert WMD policy and training- out to the Deputy Director of the FSB, but maybe thats what Plame and the trainer at CIA wanted?

    Posted by Becker at December 30, 2005 11:12 AM

  • scott

    Does sound like a bit of ‘human interest’ with a frosting of important political news.

    So far as I know, Novak was the first to disclose Plame as CIA. In early May 2003 Nicholas Kristof wrote on an unnamed ambassador’s mission to Niger, in mid-June Walter Pincus wrote on an unnamed ambassador’s trip. There’s internal memos and talking with reporters but no public statements. It has been reported that Plame’s CIA connection was reveled to Russian and Cuban intelligence agents in the mid to late `90s, however if true the connection was still not public knowledge.

    There were some reports that the Administration made some attempts in 2002/early 2003 to discredit parts of the CIA Counterproliferation Division, including Plame’s cover organization Brewster Jennings & Associates. These were the people actively working on preventing the spread of WMDs and would be the most likely to contradict the Administration’s claims about Saddam. If that did happen, Plame’s work for the CIA may have been mentioned. However I can’t find the #$%^7 links to that now (grrr)

    Anyhow, it was Novak who blew her cover, after the invasion and after Wilson had written his “What I Didn’t Find in Africa” op-ed. That’s basically what the last paragraph you quoted was saying. The bit about their son was a weak attempt at humor.

    Timelines (from a number of them)
    http://justoneminute.typepad.com/footnotes/2004/07/the_joseph_wils.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plame_scandal_timeline