Way back in 2003 Richard Armitage inadvertently leaked the name of a former covert CIA operative, Valerie Plame to the press. Now mind you, Valerie Plame was not a covert operative at the time that Dick leaked her name, she had been taken out of the field because as a covert operative she was so utterly and completely incompetent that she got all of her foreign contacts killed. However, as an example of just how immoral and unethical the Democrats are, they demanded that a special prosecutor be appointed to find out who had leaked her name to the Media under the false pretense that she was still a covert operative.
The investigation was nothing short of a witch hunt and kangaroo court designed exclusively to embarrass President Bush. In January 2004, the Justice Department chose prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald to investigate the leak of Valerie Plame’s identity. From the outset, he was made fully aware that the leaker was Armitage, yet Fitzgerald never went after Armitage whom he knew was the responsible individual, instead he continued trying to find a way to link Armitage’s inadvertent leak to President Bush as though it was an intentional act ordered by Bush in retaliation for an article published by Joe Wilson.
In the end, it was Lewis “Scooter” Libby that Patrick Fitzgerald prosecuted, more importantly, not for leaking Valerie Plame’s identity, but for perjury, obstruction of justice, and making false statements.
Now, contrast the vehement and aggressive position taken by the Democrats in 2003 with events of today.
The White House blew the cover of the top CIA agent in Afghanistan on Sunday, when the person’s name was included on a list given to reporters during a visit to the country by President Barack Obama.
The name was then emailed by the White House press office to a distribution list of more than 6,000 recipients, mostly members of the US media.
The agent in question, listed as chief of station, would be a top manager of CIA activity in Afghanistan, including intelligence collection and a drone-warfare programme under which unmanned aerial vehicles mount cross-border attacks into Pakistan.
The name appeared on a list of attendees requested by White House officials for the president’s visit to Bagram air base to mark Memorial Day, the national day of tribute to fallen service members. The list of 15 people was drawn up by the military, written into a routine press report and sent to Washington. The Obama press office then sent the list, unredacted, to the larger group.
The mistake did not come to light until the reporter who had filed from Afghanistan, the veteran Washington Post correspondent Scott Wilson, looked more closely at what he had sent and noticed the name and title.
“I drew it to their attention before they had noticed what had happened,” Wilson said on Monday, hours after returning from the 33-hour trip overseas.
“I asked the press official that was with us on the trip if they knew that the station chief had been identified in the list. That person said that they did not know that, but that because the list was provided by military, they assumed it was OK. By this time the list was out.
“Soon after, I think that they talked to their bosses, and realised that it was not OK. And they tried to figure out what to do about this, if there was a way to kind of un-ring the bell.”
The name was left off of a subsequent report filed from Bagram.
The White House declined to comment on Monday on the disclosure.
Will we hear once again from Hillary Clinton, who thus far is known for her accomplishment, that she conspired with the Whitehouse to have Ambassador Christopher Stevens kidnapped so that they could exchange him for the Blind Sheik, and instead got him and three other American citizens killed, that, “At this point, what difference does it make”? Or perhaps the hosts of MSLSD will start daily demanding that a special prosecutor like Patrick Fitzgerald be appointed to determine who leaked what?
Given that the Whitehouse has so tenaciously perused the prosecution of those responsible for election tampering in the Joe Sestak case, for those who authorized the illegal weapons transfers in the Fast and Furious scandal, those responsible for the Benghazi scandal, those rouge IRS agent’s and the those responsible for the NSA Fourth Amendment violations of American citizens, I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that, ummm, nope. there will be no special prosecutor, no investigation and just like every single other Obamanation Administration scandal, absolutely no one held accountable.