Monday, October 17, 2005

Guardian: 3 Sources Say Plame's CIA Work Was Covert

The Guardian is reporting that 3 sources have revealed Valerie Plame worked on the covert side of CIA and Not for WINPAC that is on the overt side of the CIA. This contradicts Miller's account of information she related came from one of her sources....
Miller disclosed this weekend that her notes of a conversation she had with I. Lewis ``Scooter'' Libby on July 8, 2003 stated Cheney's top aide told her that the wife of Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson worked for the CIA's Weapons Intelligence, Non-Proliferation, and Arms Control (WINPAC) unit.

Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, never worked for WINPAC, an analysis unit in the overt side of the CIA, and instead worked in a position in the CIA's secret side, known as the directorate of operations, according to three people familiar with her work for the spy agency.

The three all spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the current secrecy requirements of Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's grand jury investigation into the leak of Plame's identity in 2003 to the media.

The Guardian goes on to describe that this may be a significant lead for Fitzgerald...(if indeed Miller is truthful on this and Libby also testified about WINPAC)......

It could suggest Libby thought Plame was not an undercover spy, and therefore couldn't have knowingly revealed her occupation, or that he got his information from uninformed sources, they said.
``The fact that the information is inaccurate may make it of even greater interest to the grand jury than accurate information,'' said Lance Cole, former Democratic counsel to the Senate Whitewater Committee and now a law professor at Penn State Dickinson School of law.

``Accurate information presumably can come from any number of sources. If he got it from a particular document or in a meeting and that document or notes of that meeting are the only place that the inaccuracy is present, then that establishes the source,'' Cole said.
Danny Coulson, a former top FBI official who conducted several investigations of leaks, said the possibility that Libby passed on wrong information to a reporter may indicate he didn't get his information from a credible, official source.

``What it tells me is he probably got his information from dinner talk,'' Coulson said. Presidential aides ``had access to the official information and if they had used that, you would think they would have had the right stuff.''

You would think but what have this bunch ever got right????
This will put a big crimp in the wingnut's "she wasn't a covert spy so it doesn't matter" defense.
Interesting this comes from the Guardian.
Also are the sources fed up CIA or ex-CIA???

UPDATE: For good analysis of this read emptywheel

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