September 30, 2003

Plame Updates

On the media-front, NPR did note the story in the headlines section of Morning Edition today, mostly highlighting the calls by some Senate Democrats for an independent investigation. There were no new facts, and indeed, the basic report on the incident sounded very much like the Sunday WaPo story.

Meanwhile, BlogMaster InstaP has a lengthy new post on the subject, with some interesting links, as does Daniel Drezner.

Ogged has the following which inludes info from today's WaPO which states that Plame was indeed undercover. While I have no cause to doubt that fact, I am still confused that if that was the case, why did the CIA confirm to Novak that she as an employee? Further, he stated yesterday that he had confirmed that she was just an analyst. Overall, someone somewhere is wrong, confused or lying.

The WaPo story also sheds some light on the CIA memo to Justice, which indicates that this is perhaps not routine:

Three weeks ago, intelligence officials said, the CIA returned to the Justice Department a standard 11-question form detailing the potential damage done by the release of the information. Officials said it may have been the first such report ever filed on the unauthorized disclosure of an operative's name. Word of the Justice probe emerged over the weekend after the CIA briefed lawmakers on it last week.

Posted by Steven Taylor at September 30, 2003 07:48 AM | TrackBack

I need clarification on one thing. Did Novak say that he was told not to use her name and did anyway? (regardless of her official status, etc) I thought I read that somewhere. If so, uhhh, isn't that kind of crappy journalism?

Posted by: eric at September 30, 2003 10:45 AM

has this piece which says that another anonymous journalist claims to have been contacted with the info as well. Didn't see that in what you have already.

Posted by: eric at September 30, 2003 10:53 AM
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