Sunday, July 03, 2005

Tip of the iceberg...

Karl Rove's outing of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame was a petty political stunt motivated out of revenge. He most likely violated the Intelligence Identities and Protection Act of 1982 by blowing Plame's cover but the damage he caused, and the crimes he may have committed, go much farther than that...

This 2003 article from the Washington Post details the damage Rove's little stunt caused to a longtime CIA front company...

The inadvertent disclosure of the name of a business affiliated with the CIA underscores the potential damage to the agency and its operatives caused by the leak of Plame's identity. Intelligence officials have said that once Plame's job as an undercover operative was revealed, other agency secrets could be unraveled and her sources might be compromised or endangered.

A former diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity said yesterday that every foreign intelligence service would run Plame's name through its databases within hours of its publication to determine if she had visited their country and to reconstruct her activities.

"That's why the agency is so sensitive about just publishing her name," the former diplomat said.

Rove's little stunt endangered countless lives and compromised an longstanding and ongoing CIA operation.... anyone care to guess how many other espionage laws Karl Rove may have broken?

The longer the investigation continues and the broader the scope the worse for the Administration, it's the cover up that will bring down members of the Administration. They can all thank Karl Rove for leaving the proverbial barn door W I D E open..

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