The CIA’s top official in Kabul has been publicly identified by the White House in an email accidentally circulated to thousands of journalists as part of President Obama’s surprise Memorial Day weekend trip to Afghanistan.
Whoops! Oh well. These things happen, as the Times reminds us:
In 2003, another CIA operative, Valerie Plame, was publicly identified by I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a top aide to Vice President Cheney, in an apparent attempt to discredit her husband, who had publicly raised questions about the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq.
Libby was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice, but his sentence was commuted by President Bush.
Wait . . . what?!
I could have sworn the leaker was a fella named Richard Armitage.
Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage said yesterday that he believes he was the initial source for a 2003 newspaper column by Robert D. Novak that disclosed the CIA’s previously secret employment of Valerie Plame, the wife of a prominent critic of the U.S. war in Iraq.
That’s from 2006. This has been known for, what? 7 1/2 years?
Um, L.A. Times?
Thanks to G.H.
UPDATE: Another day, another correction. The linked article now begins as follows:
FOR THE RECORD
CIA name disclosure: An article in the May 27 Section A stated that former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby disclosed that former intelligence official Valerie Plame worked for the CIA. Former State Department official Richard Armitage said he was the first to disclose that Plame worked for the agency.
Kudos to G.H. for catching this.