Another blow to rightwing storytelling:
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.
As Drum points out, this means the likely explanation for why Fitzy didn’t bring criminal charges for outing a covert agent is because he didn’t have the evidence to make the case that the leakers knew leaking her name could be damaging. Naturally, that seems quite stupid, considering most people would deem it common fucking sense that outing a covert agent working on WMD proliferation would be damaging, but, legally, lack of common sense isn’t an argument that puts someone in jail.