March 17, 2007


Testifying to panel, Plame takes spotlight: She accuses the White House of 'recklessly' blowing her CIA cover. (Greg Miller, March 17, 2007, LA Times)

On Friday, Plame finally offered her inside account. She testified before a congressional committee that she felt as if she had been "hit in the gut" when her once-secret identity appeared in the media, and accused the Bush administration of "recklessly" blowing her cover.

Plame answered lingering questions about her husband's role in investigating one of the administration's most alarming prewar claims about Iraq, and provided new details on the tense maneuvering between the White House and CIA in the run-up to the war.

Which page of the CIA manual recommends sending your husband on CIA missions and having him write about it for the Times?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 17, 2007 8:03 AM

Aren't there any Rs on this committee? Why aren't they asking questions like

- "Were you under NOC in 2003?"

- "At least 4 people have testified or been deposed stating that you refered your husband to Niger. How do you reconcile that with your denial yesterday to this committee that you never did any such thing? Keep in mind you are under oath."

- "You are suing the VP and others claiming significant damages. How much money have you earned on speaking tours, articles, and donations since 2003? How much does your publisher plan to advance you for your book?"

Posted by: Gideon at March 17, 2007 12:39 PM

And will somebody please speak the name of the guy that, you know, actually leaked the identity of Plame to the press?

It is as if the guy is Lord Voldemort, the name that must not be spoken.

Posted by: Gideon at March 17, 2007 12:50 PM

Who was the guy(?) in the back ground dressed like Jackie Kennedy? [moombat chip *ON*] Leave it to Rove to plant someone in the crowd to distract our attention from that brave and patriotic woman, Mrs. Plame! [moonbat chip *OFF*]

Posted by: Dave W at March 17, 2007 9:52 PM

Again, I ask -- have we reached bottom yet?

In another clip I saw VPW gracefully raise her hand to move her beautiful hair away from her angelic face in a gesture so pure and innocent, a tear came to my eye. My original picks for the movie were Alec Baldwin for hubby (who else could do the part as well) and Ellen Degeneris for the misses, but now I see she isn't delicate enough, so I'll change to Britany, the only actress with the depth of feeling needed to portray Val.

Posted by: erp at March 18, 2007 7:08 AM

They should have asked her if Vanity Fair is an approved CIA publication. Or if she had any input into her husband's "de-brief". Or if she now believes that her husband is a liar (given the Senate report). Or what she thinks about leaking classified material to the NYT.

I presume these will be asked at deposition (and in open court), should she and Joe decide to press their suit. And will they be asked about their political donations, and about any relationship to the CIA 'officer' who was fired for leaking?

If they expect a settlement, I think they will be disappointed. Cheney will have a better lawyer than Ted Wells (perhaps even Brendan Sullivan).

Posted by: ratbert at March 18, 2007 10:44 AM

Ah, Brendan, I often use his "potted plant" riposte -- mostly to confused stares, but it amuses me, so I keep saying it.

Posted by: erp at March 18, 2007 1:01 PM

Gideon. If anyone had asked, would the media report or show it?

Apparently the Republican party is still comatose.

And we all know who Lord Voldemort is ... don't we?

Posted by: Genecis at March 18, 2007 5:07 PM