Sep 18 2006
[Not sure why my quotation marks and apostrophes are causing issues with the text. We will try and figure out what is up with WordPress]
David Corn is just not a mental giant. You can tell everytime he tries debate. The problem he has is he thinks he is much smarter than he really is. He gets to this view honestly, he thinks everyone else is dumber than they are. Therefore his latest excuses about how he did not expose Valerie’s covert status while he was exposing Valerie’s covert status must appear quite brilliant to him. Otherwise why would he provide proof positive he is the true source of exposing Val’s clandesting activities:
Here is Corn’s reminder of what Novak wrote:
Wilson never worked for the CIA, but his wife, Valerie Plame, is an Agency operative on weapons of mass destruction.
Note in this sentence all we learn is Val worked for the CIA and in area dealing with WMDs. We have no information whatsoever that she was ever undercover overseas. None. We have no indication she was undercover anywhere. We have no indiciation she was a NOC. Taken at face valuem and realizing state secrets at one time were very important to the press, no one would assume she was anything special. But two days after this sentence hit the streets this is what Corn says he says:
In my piece, I merely speculated that she might be a NOC and explored the possible ramifications of this outing (if indeed she was a NOC).
Corn is trying to claim this was a lucky guess. That the word ‘operative’ gave him incredible, never before seen (for him anyway) insight. But what about that article Corn wrote – is that all he said? Of course not:
Wilson caused problems for the White House, and his wife was outed as an undercover CIA officer.
That would seem to mean that the Bush administration has screwed one of its own top-secret operatives in order to punish Wilson or to send a message to others who might challenge it.
Without acknowledging whether she is a deep-cover CIA employee, Wilson says, “Naming her this way would have compromised every operation, every relationship, every network with which she had been associated in her entire career. “
Under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982, it is a crime for anyone who has access to classified information to disclose intentionally information identifying a covert agent.
Emphasis mine. Corn is nuts if anyone is going to buy the idea he was able to hint at Val’s deep cover out of a lucky guess. And the fact he was talking to Wilson for this early article means it is more likely it was not Corn’s meager intellect but Joe (and possibly Val’s) leads that made Corn such a powerful seer. But there is more. Back to his post for more details Corn apparently learned in his magic crystal ball:
As is now known–thanks to Hubris, the new book by Michael Isikoff and me–Valerie Wilson had been chief of operations for the Joint Task Force on Iraq within the CIA’s clandestine Directorate of Operations. She was working under nonofficial cover (a deep version of covert status), but she no longer needed this NOC status and was shifting to official cover (meaning she would pretend to be a government official–say, a State Department officer–but not a CIA employee). In short, she was indeed an “operative.”
Corn clearly has access to a lot of classified information which did more to target Val’s old contacts than the Novak mentioning she worked at the CIA on WMDs. Corn uses his access to classified details few would know to define Novak’s word ‘operative’. But these are not Novak’s details – they are Corns. Theoretically, even Joe Wilson would not be allowed to know about her life’s efforts for the CIA prior to meeting him, so how is it Corn knows? Well, there is only one source who could reliably supply that information on Val’s deep cover antics and that is, of course, Val. It is more than likely Val is leaking out details through surrogates like Corn because the CIA will not allow certain information to be publicized in any book she writes. She could never out her efforts in Athens, etc. But somehow Corn was able to find out and he printed it all for the world to see. Corn is, in fact, the one leaking the most classified information regarding Val’s classifed efforts at the CIA. He has been doing it from the beginning. And he truly must be an idiot if he thinks his lame excuse about lucky guesses is going to hide the fact.
Update: Clarice Feldman has a blockbuster article out summing up the Plame Game and painting an accurate, if not unfavorble, light on all the key players. It covers the Wilson-Grossman connection (which I hoper this blog helped uncover a portion of that important aspect), and it covers many of the other reporters involved with the Wilson antics leading up to the Novak article. I especially liked the note about the EPIC convention on June 14the were Wilson admits to being the source for Pincus, Kristof and the Guardian stories (and probably the June 12th Knight-Ridder story as well). Including the fact that Valerie was named as his wife in his bio at this event. What is important to add to Clarice’s excellent summary is David Corn’s participation in exposing truly serious classified information. Just review what Corn exposed regarding Valerie’s covert efforts and you can see who SHOULD be investigated – not who is being investigated. If Fitzgerald is so concerned with exposing CIA efforts he should have hauled Corn in because now everyone knows where Val was when she was recruiting HUMINT sources for intel. Corn and the Wilsons have exposed all these people, and it was not derived from the use of the word ‘operative’ in Novak’s column. This alone shows why Fitzgerald needs to be shut down. He is so far afield players in this investigation ARE STILL exposing and crippling our intelligence sources. To this day.