The funny thing was that it wasn’t a secret that Plame worked for the CIA. Liberals just jumped on the story to try and make Bush look bad.
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Do you remember Valerie Plame? Do you remember how you heard about her? Do you really remember how you first heard about Valerie Plame? Robert Novak, the late Robert Novak wrote a column in which he casually mentioned that he’d been told that Valerie Plame, wife of Joe Wilson, had been over there supposedly on a mission assessing Iranian and other Middle Eastern nuclear capabilities. Supposedly Novak outed her as a CIA agent, and thus destroyed her career and ruined her life and made her a target.

This begot a special prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, to dig deep to find out who it was that told Novak, except by the time Fitzgerald got in gear, we already knew. It was a guy named Richard Armitage, who worked with Colin Powell at the State Department who had outed Valerie Plame. Novak did not reveal his source at first. But it came to be known that it was Armitage who did it. A man by the name of Scooter Libby was found guilty of it in a witch hunt, and for years the media was obsessed with who in the world would out this woman. Why, what kind of ignorance and lack of attention, what kind arrogance could lead to people simply outing the identity of a very brilliant, it was said, very effective, just totally valuable CIA agent, Valerie Plame.

Meanwhile, she and her husband were on the covers of magazines in Washington driving around town in convertibles, not doing a thing to keep her identity secret. Richard Armitage, who was the original leaker, was never made to pay a single price for this. Scooter Libby was the target of a witch hunt special counsel. Scooter Libby, who worked for Dick Cheney, which is what made him an exciting target. They tried to get Karl Rove as well. So for, what was it, two years the media couldn’t let go of this. And we’re told what a dangerous, reckless bunch of incompetents were at the Bush presidency, the Bush administration. And outing this poor woman because her husband did something that Bush didn’t like, came back and said that the Iranians weren’t doing nukes, or somebody wasn’t. It was all about the yellowcake trip to Niger.

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