In Plame case, where was the Boss?

Bruce Springsteen's role in the case of the outed CIA operative.

Published July 27, 2005 2:37PM (EDT)

No less an American icon than Bruce Springsteen is now making a cameo in the case of the outed CIA operative.

Time magazine reports that Valerie Plame, using her married name, Valerie Wilson, made a contribution to an anti-Bush group during the last election cycle to see a Bruce Springsteen concert.

"The Wilsons last year attended an anti-Bush fundraising concert featuring Bruce Springsteen last fall. Federal Election Commission records show the tab: $372 to America Coming Together, a political committee that worked hard to oppose President Bush's re-election, for two floor seats," Time reports.

"'It was great,' Joe Wilson said, returning a call for his wife. 'Remember, this was a year and a half after the Administration compromised the identity of my wife, and it was no great secret that I was doing my bit to educate the American public as to the flaws in the Bush Administration's foreign policy.'"

The right-wing media, like Fox News, have seized on this latest revelation as an example of how the Wilsons are politically compromised: "It's the first revelation that Plame participated in anti-Bush activity while working for the CIA," Fox says.

We're just relieved that no one is calling Bruce a traitor.

By Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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