Valerie Plame’s “Secret Identity”

One of the things that has become crystal clear since the Bush administration made the mistake of appointing Patrick Fitzgerald as a special prosecutor over “Plamegate,” is that Valerie Plame’s job in the CIA was no secret despite the protestations to the contrary from her husband, serial liar Joe Wilson.

In fact, there are now multiple people on the record saying that they knew Valerie Plame was a CIA agent before Robert Novak’s original column revealed that fact to the world. Quite frankly, if it had been widely known that the press, Valerie Plame’s neighbors, and even people Joe Wilson blabbed to in the Green Room at Fox News all knew about her “secret identity,” a special prosecutor would have never been appointed in the first place.

Here are a few of the quotes that prove that Valerie Plame’s identity was not so “secret”.

“How big a secret was it? It was well known around Washington that Wilson’s wife worked for the CIA. Republican activist Clifford May wrote Monday, in National Review Online, that he had been told of her identity by a non-government source before my column appeared and that it was common knowledge. Her name, Valerie Plame, was no secret either, appearing in Wilson’s “Who’s Who in America” entry.” — Robert Novak

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“On July 14, Robert Novak wrote a column in the Post and other newspapers naming Mr. Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, as a CIA operative.

That wasn’t news to me. I had been told that — but not by anyone working in the White House. Rather, I learned it from someone who formerly worked in the government and he mentioned it in an offhand manner, leading me to infer it was something that insiders were well aware of.” — Clifford May

“A former CIA covert agent who supervised Mrs. Plame early in her career yesterday took issue with her identification as an “undercover agent,” saying that she worked for more than five years at the agency’s headquarters in Langley and that most of her neighbors and friends knew that she was a CIA employee.

“She made no bones about the fact that she was an agency employee and her husband was a diplomat,” Fred Rustmann, a covert agent from 1966 to 1990, told The Washington Times.

Her neighbors knew this, her friends knew this, his friends knew this. A lot of blame could be put on to central cover staff and the agency because they weren’t minding the store here. … The agency never changed her cover status.” — The Washington Times

“Former Time magazine correspondent Hugh Sidey told the New York Sun in a story published Sunday. “[Plame’s] name was knocking around in the sub rosa world we live in for a long time.”

NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell, in an appearance on CNBC’s “Capitol Report,” Oct. 3, 2003, was asked how widely it was known in Washington that Wilson’s wife worked for the CIA.

“It was widely known among those of us who cover the intelligence community and who were actively engaged in trying to track down who among the foreign service community was the envoy to Niger,” she said.” — WorldNetDaily

“Retired Army General and FOX News contributor Paul Vallely says he knew former ambassador Joseph Wilson’s wife Valerie Plame was a CIA agent long before she was outed in a newspaper column in 2003 because Wilson told him so. Vallely says Wilson volunteered the information in at least three separate conversations while both men were waiting to appear on FOX News programs during the fall of 2002.” — Brit Hume

Valerie Plame was obviously a not-so-secret agent.

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