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INTERVIEW: FORMER CIA CASE OFFICER
Libby & Destruction of CIA Counter-Proliferation
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand - Feb 11, 2007
The illegal "outing" of Valerie Plame is only part of a much bigger backstory. From virtually the day it took office, the Bush-Cheney Administration ...
Outing The CIA: Cheney, Libby and the Attempted Destruction of CIA Counter-Proliferation
By Mark G. Levey
In the course of listening to testimony in the Libby case, it has become clear that Vice President Cheney initiated and directed a criminal conspiracy. But, that's not the only bombshell in this case.
The illegal "outing" of Valerie Plame is only part of a much bigger backstory. From virtually the day it took office, the Bush-Cheney Administration systematically dismantled the nuclear arms control regime and counter-proliferation programs it inherited from the Clinton Administration.
By outing Plame, Cheney also outed the CIA's Counter-Proliferation Division (CPD), a secret unit within the Agency's covert Directorate of Operations. This was to have disastrous effects, including an illegal invasion of Iraq, the detonation of a nuclear device by North Korea, the redoubling of Iran's program, and the destruction of a highly-classified CIA monitoring program that had sabotaged and sidetracked nuclear programs in at least five countries considered to be most threatening to the United States. But, in the end, the Intelligence Community fought back, and Cheney will soon be facing a federal prosecutor.
We now know beyond a reasonable doubt the Vice President provided the inspiration and primary guidance for others involved in the criminal "outing" of Valerie Plame. Libby was carrying out Cheney's detailed, immediate instructions when he revealed Plame's identity to Judy Miller and confirmed her role as a CIA officer to Time Magazine's Matt Cooper. Libby, in turn, instructed Ari Fleischer to leak Plame's identity to several reporters aboard AF-1 during the week before Robert Novak's column appeared.
Many have asked why Cheney and Libby outed Valerie Plame. The answers about an alleged personal vendetta by the Vice President, or retaliation against Ambassador Wilson, have not been fully satisfactory.
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