Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Like I was sayin'...

The Raw Story | Outed CIA officer was working on Iran, intelligence sources say

The unmasking of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson by White House officials in 2003 caused significant damage to U.S. national security and its ability to counter nuclear proliferation abroad, RAW STORY has learned.

According to current and former intelligence officials, Plame Wilson, who worked on the clandestine side of the CIA in the Directorate of Operations as a non-official cover (NOC) officer, was part of an operation tracking distribution and acquisition of weapons of mass destruction technology to and from Iran.

Several intelligence officials described the damage in terms of how long it would take for the agency to recover. According to their own assessment, the CIA would be impaired for up to 'ten years' in its capacity to adequately monitor nuclear proliferation on the level of efficiency and accuracy it had prior to the White House leak of Plame Wilson's identity.

I said this almost three weeks ago:
What if it wasn't an accident? What if they outed her not (or not just) to get at her husband, but to get at her?

Think about the demonstrated disdain of Bush and Cheney for any and all intel that contradicted their preordained conclusions about Iraq. Then think about the neocon arrogance that then, as now, targeted Iran as next on their regime change to-do list.

In that context, Valerie Plame's knowledge of what was really going on in the WMD arena did not make her an asset -- it made her a very dangerous woman. When Joe Wilson went public with the truth about the way the Administration cooked the books on Iraq, the Administration must have been concerned that Valerie Plame would do the same when they turned their guns toward Iran.

What if they wanted us to think that their purpose was to smack Joe Wilson, but only as a smokescreen for their next Crusade?

Since then, I have heard nothing that dissuades me, and I see this as corroboration of my hypothesis. The Bush junta was very concerned about Plame's close connections to the enemy -- no, not Iran, silly. Plame was too close to the real enemy: the facts.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doubt you'll post this. I want to know if Plame was working on the connection that AQ Khan had with Asher Karni.

5:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have thought the same myself.
I read you daily.
don't stop.

7:09 AM  
Anonymous DrGail said...

Ever since you first posted on this subject, I've been mulling the issue. While I hadn't seen it quite that way until you brought it up, I can't find any clear way to argue against it. At the risk of overworking my tinfoil hat, I think you're probably right.

7:36 AM  
Anonymous RandyH said...

If you haven't yet, look at James Risen's latest book. Yeah, one chapter revealed the domestic spying by the NSA but most of the book is about the CIA. Another chapter covers and incident where the identities of all the US spies in Iran were mistakenly revealed to Iranian inteligence, crippling the CIA's efforts in the country.

For a while I have suspected that the Cheney administration has wanted to cripple the CIA and show them ineffective in PNAC's target countries so that Defense intelligence agencies like DIA, NSA (under Rumsfeld) can create the facts that they want to hear. There is no real oversight allowed of Defense intelligence, when there is some at CIA.

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i guess the mistake would be to imagine that the Bush Boys haven't been preparing the intelligence on Iran, but god or the devil or whoever is in the details.

thanks for keeping the faith.

10:57 AM  

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