By now so much evidence has come out demonstrating that Valerie Plame was a covert agent at the time her identity was leaked that this is hardly news. However, the right wing blogosphere, which never lets facts get in the way of their claims, continues to deny this. If all the evidence released so far hasn’t shut them up yet, this probably won’t either, but further information was released proving that she was a covert agent:
WASHINGTON – An unclassified summary of outed CIA officer Valerie Plame’s employment history at the spy agency, disclosed for the first time today in a court filing by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, indicates that Plame was “covert” when her name became public in July 2003.
The summary is part of an attachment to Fitzgerald’s memorandum to the court supporting his recommendation that I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Cheney’s former top aide, spend 2-1/2 to 3 years in prison for obstructing the CIA leak investigation.
Update: In further discussion of the hearing, Dan Froomkin writes:
To those of us watching the investigation and trial unfold, Cheney’s presence behind the scenes has emerged in glimpses and hints. (The defense’s decision not to call Cheney to the stand remains a massive bummer.) But I suspect that people looking back on this story will see it with greater clarity: As a blatant — and thus far successful — cover-up for the vice president.
Update II: As found in the trackbacks to this post, the conservatives never fail to prove we are right about their total disregard for the facts. Once the right wing noise machine makes something up, it gets repeated indefinitely and no amount of evidence will change this. Not only does BitsBlog continue to claim Plame was covert, they repeat the right wing meme that Democrats oppose the CIA, even claiming that “lefties” were “were calling for the destruction, the utter demise of the CIA.” They base this on a claim that Democrats were “dissing the CIA and it’s handling of intel as regards Iraq and WMD.”
There are a couple of major flaws in that logic. First of all, virtually everybody, except those with an ideological aversion to the truth, has criticized the CIA for some faults in its intelligence prior to the Iraq war. Everyone except the authoritarian right realizes that government agencies make mistakes, and a function of the free press is to investigate and report on these mistakes. However, the goal here is to improve government, not to bring about the “utter demise of the CIA.”
Secondly, the major problem which liberals discussed with regards to the Iraq intelligence was the manner in which the Bush administration distorted the intelligence reports to make their phoney case for the war. This was primarily a criticism of the Bush administration, not of the CIA.
Glenn Greenwald reviews many more of the conservatives fantasies regarding Plame.