Sources: Plame Learned Covert Status from Woodward
(2005-11-16) â Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, who secured grand jury indictments against a top Bush administration official last month, today announced he may be close to discovering who told Valerie Plame that she was an undercover CIA agent.
Mr. Fitzgerald refused to release any names, but sources close to the probe said evidence indicates that the Washington Postâs Bob Woodward may have revealed Ms. Plameâs covert status to her.
The prosecutor declined to comment on Mr. Woodwardâs possible connection to the case, instead he focused on Ms. Plameâs apparent ignorance of her role at the Central Intelligence Agency.
âIn the months, and even years, leading up to July 2003, Valerie Plame was not behaving like someone who knew she was a covert agent,â said Mr. Fitzgerald. âThe woman friends knew as Mrs. Joe Wilson seems to have learned of her undercover status at about the same time a reference to her appeared in Robert Novakâs syndicated column.â
The prosecutor said it may be a violation of federal law to reveal a CIA agentâs covert status to the agent.
âWeâre looking at whatâs called âdeep deep coverâ in the intel community,â Mr. Fitzgerald said. âIn other words, the CIA unwittingly may have been using Mrs. Wilson as an undercover agent without her knowledge, or the knowledge of anyone else at the Agency.â
Meanwhile, as former vice presidential chief of staff I. Lewis âScooterâ Libby awaits trial on five counts of hindering the CIA leak probe, Mr. Novak and Mr. Woodward remain at large.
Posted by: Steve 2005-11-16