Sunday, March 12, 2006

More Plame Games

More details on just how not secret Valerie Plame's life was have come out. All I have to say is Scooter Libby's people best use this in their defense.

When the Chicago Tribune searched for Plame on an Internet service that sells public information about private individuals to its subscribers, it got a report of more than 7,600 words. Included was the fact that in the early 1990s her address was "AMERICAN EMBASSY ATHENS ST, APO NEW YORK NY 09255."

A former senior American diplomat in Athens, who remembers Plame as "pleasant, very well-read, bright," said he had been aware that Plame, who was posing as a junior consular officer, really worked for the CIA.

According to CIA veterans, U.S. intelligence officers working in American embassies under "diplomatic cover" are almost invariably known to friendly and opposition intelligence services alike.

So not only was this woman married to an Ambassador who worked for the NSC but she was also a known CIA agent at the start of her career. So again I have to ask just how could this woman have possibly been a secret agent? Did she work against the dumbest countries and enemies of the US government in the world? But just how blatant her work for the CIA in europe was gets worse

Plame's true function likely would have been known to friendly intelligence agencies as well. The former senior diplomat recalled, for example, that she served as one of the "control officers" coordinating the visit of President George H.W. Bush to Greece and Turkey in July 1991.

So their is no reasonable way this woman should have been viewed as a NOC whatsover. Then came her work with her NOC cover company which was perhaps one of the most idiotic attempts the CIA has ever made.

Brewster-Jennings was not a terribly convincing cover. According to Dun & Bradstreet, the company, created in 1994, is a "legal services office" grossing $60,000 a year and headed by a chief executive named Victor Brewster. Commercial databases accessible by the Tribune contain no indication that such a person exists.

Another sign of Brewster-Jennings' link to the CIA came from the online resume of a Washington attorney, who until last week claimed to have been employed by Brewster-Jennings as an "engineering consultant" from 1985 to 1989 and to have served from 1989 to 1995 as a CIA "case officer," the agency's term for field operatives who collect information from paid informants.

and of course this adds insult to injury

After Plame was transferred back to CIA headquarters in the mid-1990s, she continued to pass herself off as a private energy consultant. But the first CIA veteran noted: "You never let a true NOC go into an official facility. You don't drive into headquarters with your car, ever."

So lets forget the fact under the law the woman couldn't qualify as a secret operative. Its very clear that if the CIA classified her as such the folks in langley who did it need their head examined.

So I think that aspect of the Plame game needs to be answered. Why was a CO turned into a Noc in such a foolish manner as this

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