Is the "Plame Game" Starting to Unravel?
He recently waded into the Wilson/Plame fray with an opinion column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution titled Rule can head off dirty tricks at CIA. (might require registration to view).
Hooray! Let's start looking at the real culprits in this twisted affair. Miller goes on to lament that even if this was a really dastardly, completely unethical political trick, it was nonetheless legal.
It's like a spy thriller. Institutional rivalries and political loyalties have fostered an intelligence officer's resentment against the government. Suddenly, an opportunity appears for the agent to undercut the national leadership. A vital question of intelligence forms the core justification for controversial military actions by the current leaders. If this agent can get in the middle of that question, distort that information and make it public, the agent might foster regime change in the upcoming election.
But the rules on agents are clear. They can't purposely distort gathered intelligence, go public with secret information or use their position or information to manipulate domestic elections or matters without risking their job or jail.
But their spouse can!
Scott at Powerline pulls at another loose thread in his analysis of a WSJ story by attorney Victoria Toensing. In
"Investigate the CIA" (subscription may be necessary for access to this column). Ms. Toensing puts me in mind of the little boy who pointed out that the emperor wore no clothes. Toensing outlines the facts hiding in plain sight that point to the real scandal the lamestream media have declined to cover or pursueThankfully, Scott has reposted the relevant points in Toensing's article. The "real scandal" is how the CIA either allowed or abetted an agent in pursuing a political objective to bring harm to the President of the U.S.
Let's hope more people start noticing how bare the Wilson's cloak of respectability really is.