Spook Larry Johnson explains new revelations from reporters at the Nation:
Valerie Plame was working undercover as a senior CIA operations officer.
Valerie Plame was working on issues related to Weapons of Mass Destruction in order to keep America safe.
Valerie Plame traveled overseas as part of her undercover work and was protected under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act.
Valerie Plame was betrayed by President Bush and his political appointees.
Is someone serious about the threat of Iraq going to out a secret agent working to uncover where Iraq’s WMDs were?
The underlying principle here is the same as what Chris Mooney talks about in the Republican War on Science. It’s looking more and more like Valerie Plame was outed because she wasn’t toeing the line on Iraqi WMD, and her husband was a convenient way to get at her. It’s a complete reversal of what we all suspected at first (that her outing was a way of getting at him).
But it fits perfectly into the Bush administration’s standard way of handling internal dissent. Consider the case of Andrew Eller. He was a federal scientist, studying endangered Florida panthers for the Fish and Wildlife Service. Eller filed a complaint using the Data Quality Act (see chapter 8 of RWoS), claiming that the government was using invalid methods to estimate panther abundance and activity patterns, and was basing policy decisions on bogus data.
In response, the Fish and Wildlife Service fired him shortly after the 2004 election. Eller sued, and in the end, the government conceded that his critiques were correct. After fighting for a while, they even reinstated him.
At least he can return to work. Plame is known. She can’t go back under cover, so her experience and contacts in the world of weapons proliferation are closed off. And we’re all at greater risk as a result.