Plame: I was covert until they outed me

The former CIA operative says the actions of Rove, Libby and Armitage made it impossible for her to do her job.

Published March 16, 2007 4:07PM (EDT)

Throughout the Valerie Plame saga, Bush administration loyalists have clung to the notion that Plame's outing wasn't any big deal because everybody who was anybody knew that she was a CIA officer anyway. For what it's worth, Plame is telling the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today that that's simply not true.

"In the run-up to the war with Iraq, I worked in the Counterproliferation Division of the CIA, still as a covert officer whose affiliation with the CIA was classified," Think Progress quotes Plame as saying this morning. "I raced to discover solid intelligence for senior policymakers on Iraqb

Plame added: "It was not common knowledge on the Georgetown cocktail circuit that everyone knew where I worked. But all of my efforts on behalf of the national security of the United States, all of my training, all the value of my years of service, were abruptly ended when my name and identity were exposed irresponsibly."

Plame has resigned from the CIA and is now pursuing a civil suit against Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Scooter Libby and Dick Armitage. "My name and identity were carelessly and recklessly abused by senior officials in the White House and State Department," she said today. "I could no longer perform the work for which I had been highly trained."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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