Outing of CIA Agent Valerie Plame

CIA Agent Valerie Plame’s Identity Was Revealed In A Robert Novak Column. According to the Huffington Post, “Washington Post columnist Robert Novak essentially ended [Valerie] Plame’s CIA career July 14, 2003, when he wrote a piece revealing her identity. The leak was believed to be retaliation against her husband, U.S. diplomat Joe Wilson, for speaking out against invading Iraq.” [Washington Post, 4/12/13]

Investigation Found Leak Of Plame’s Identity Came From Within Bush Administration. According to Time, “A lengthy investigation found the alleged leak to have come from inside the Bush administration. Valerie Plame Wilson resigned from her position at the CIA.” [Time, 6/10/13]

Plame’s Outing Occurred Shortly After Her Husband, A Diplomat, Publicly Criticized The Bush Administration’s Justifications For Invading Iraq. According to the Washington Post, “On July 6, 2003, former diplomat Joseph C. Wilson IV went public with his conclusion that it was highly doubtful that Saddam Hussein had sought uranium from Niger for a weapons of mass destruction program. That called into question one of the central claims made by the Bush administration prior to the invasion of Iraq. Eight days later, syndicated columnist Robert Novak wrote that ‘two senior administration officials’ told him that Wilson had been suggested for the trip by his wife. Novak identified her as Valerie Plame, a CIA ‘operative on weapons of mass destruction.’” [Washington Post, 10/28/05]

Cheney Aide Scooter Libby Was Convicted Of Perjury And Obstruction Of Justice, But Bush Commuted His Prison Sentence. According to CNN, “President Bush on Monday spared I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby from prison, commuting the former White House aide’s 30-month prison term. The prison time was imposed after a federal court convicted Libby of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators in the probe of the leak of the name of a CIA operative. [CNN, 7/2/07]