"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Don't believe me? Then I don't suppose you believe her colleagues, either:
Valerie Plame was a classmate of mine from the day she started with the CIA. I entered on duty at the CIA in September 1985. All of my classmates were undercover--in other words, we told our family and friends that we were working for other overt U.S. Government agencies. We had official cover. That means we had a black passport--i.e., a diplomatic passport. If we were caught overseas engaged in espionage activity the black passport was a get out of jail free card.
A few of my classmates, and Valerie was one of these, became a non-official cover officer. That meant she agreed to operate overseas without the protection of a diplomatic passport. If caught in that status she would have been executed.
Hat tip to Attaturk at Rising Hegemon.
* - Why, yes, that was my best pun ever. Thanks for noticing!