2005-10-29 13:20:43 UTC
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Patrick Fitzgerald Retreats From Plame 'Covert' Claim
Leakgate Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald dropped a mini-bombshell Friday
afternoon while he was explaining his indictment of Lewis "Scooter" Libby to the
It turns out that the central premise of his investigation - that Valerie Plame
Wilson enjoyed protected "covert" status at the CIA - may not be true.
"Let me say two things," Fitzgerald told reporters. "I am not speaking [in this
indictment] to whether or not Valerie Wilson was covert . . . And we have not
made any allegation that Mr. Libby knowingly or intentionally outed a covert
Fitzgerald did insist that Mrs. Wilson's "association with the CIA was
classified," which would make leaking her occupation a crime. But he declined to
bring any charges to that effect, casting even more doubt on the claim that her
CIA job was a closely guarded secret.
A Nexis Lexis search shows that since Mrs. Wilson's alleged "outing" in July
2003, the media has erroneously referred to her "covert" status more than 3,100
Surely the press will begin issuing its Leakgate retractions any minute now.