Valerie Plame was a CIA agent who was catapulted into stardom in 2003 when her name appeared in a Robert Novak column in 2003.
Wilson never worked for the CIA, but his wife, Valerie Plame, is an Agency operative on weapons of mass destruction. Two senior administration officials told me Wilson’s wife suggested sending him to Niger to investigate the Italian report. The CIA says its counter-proliferation officials selected Wilson and asked his wife to contact him. “I will not answer any question about my wife,” Wilson told me.
It has been argued that Joe Wilson himself outed his wife:
But according to Mr. Armitage and every other indication, Valerie Plame’s work at the CIA had already been revealed to reporters by her husband Joe Wilson to give credence to his new and mendacious claims about what he uncovered in his trip to Niger.
And there was another motivation possibly at work here as well. Something that could possibly have induced an ambitious man to completely change his story and even make up things that he could not have actually experienced.
For lest we forget, there was suddenly much talk at this time within the Kerry camp that Joe Wilson might be the new administration’s Secretary Of State. The vainglorious Mr. Wilson most certainly had his eyes on that prize.
Discrediting President Bush on his (then) strongest point, the war in Iraq, would certainly be a feather in Wilson’s cap in the eyes of the Kerry campaign.
And any concern about the secrecy of his wife’s job at the CIA was surely a minor consideration compared to that lofty goal of becoming John Kerry’s Secretary Of State.
But boy oh boy was the outing of Plame of major interest to the media.
The Novak column triggered a scandal and a criminal investigation. At issue was whether Novak's sources had violated a little-known law that makes it a federal crime for a government official to disclose identifying information about a covert US officer (if that official knew the officer was undercover). A key question was, what did Valerie Wilson do at the CIA? Was she truly undercover? In a subsequent column, Novak reported that she was “an analyst, not in covert operations.” White House press secretary Scott McClellan suggested that her employment at the CIA was no secret. Jonah Goldberg of National Review claimed, “Wilson's wife is a desk jockey and much of the Washington cocktail circuit knew that already.”
Patrick Fitzgerald was named special counsel to investigate the outing.
George Stephanopoulos implicated President Bush and Vice President Cheney in the outing. Scooter Libby was also accused.
The NY Times devoted 386 articles to the Plame affair.
NPR ran many, many articles about Plame.
The Washington Post offered a list of the “key players” in the Plame leak in 2007, which included President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
Searching “Valerie Plame leak” yields 415,000 on Google.
Politico, even this year:
The blowing of Plame's cover became a major
story in the lead-up to George W. Bush's reelection. Libby was a high-up administration official, and the outing of covert operative Plame — a move related to her husband, former U.S. Ambasador Joe Wilson — ended her career.
This same media which had such an apatite for the truth about the Plame leak has had little to no interest whatsoever in what happened in Benghazi.
Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume upbraided the press for its lack of interest in pursuing the Obama administration’s misstatements and dissembling on what they knew before and after the Benghazi terrorist attacks, lamenting on Fox News Sunday that “one of the problems we’re having here is, that it has fallen to this news organization, Fox News and a couple others, to do all the heavy lifting on this story.”
A “couple of others” may be generous. CBS’s Sharyl Attkisson is about the only other major news outlet journalist showing any interest. “The mainstream organs of the media that would be after this like a pack of hounds, if this were a Republican President,” Hume observed, “have been remarkably reticent.”
That reticence extended to Sunday’s talk shows. While Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace raised Benghazi, and the newest revelations about how requests for support by CIA operatives on the ground were rejected, with four U.S. Senators (Democrats Mark Warner and Mark Udall, Republicans Rob Portman and Ron Johnson), none of the hosts of the ABC, CBS or NBC shows bothered to bring it up.
Viewers only heard “Libya” or “Benghazi” when a guest mentioned it. And then the hosts moved on.
You could argue that it takes Libya off the front pages, but then again, it wasn't on the front pages in the first place. It is the mainstream media, who spent hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of articles on the supposed outing of a CIA agent in the Bush administration, in which she was safely in Washington and never in danger, has an epidemic of incuriosity about the murder of an ambassador.
David Corn, who had such emotion over the damage the Plame leak caused, has zero intellectual curiosity about Benghazi.
Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty are dead. No movies, no TV appearances, no books.
Tyrone Woods was calling for help. Someone ordered that help to “stand down.”
And the press could not care less why.
Barack Obama was twice asked very directly
“Were they denied requests for help during the attack?”
And twice Obama did not answer.
If there was a simple answer, we would have heard it.
I believe that if there was an innocent answer, we would have heard it.
And I believe the longer Obama ducks this issue, the worse the truth is.
And still, Valerie Plame lives on.
Barack Obama recently said
“We leave nobody behind”
He didn't leave Stevens, Smith, Woods and Doherty behind. He just let them die first.