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VALERIE PLAME WORKED ON IRAN PROLIFERATION CONCERNS
HOW BADLY WAS HER FRONT COMPANY WAS COMPROMISED?

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MSNBC: Cheney’s office knew Plame’s work was sensitive

RAW STORY
Published: Tuesday May 2, 2006

On Chris Matthews’ Hardball Tuesday evening, MSNBC correspondent David
Shuster provided updates on what RAW STORY first reported in February:
that outed CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson was working on Iran at the
time she was outed (The video of Shuster’s report is now available
here).

Shuster’s Tuesday report suggested that the Office of Vice President
Dick Cheney was aware of the sensitivity of Plame’s work, though there
are no indications he knew she was working on Iran. His report Monday,
which can be read here was the first television report to identify
Plame’s Iran work.

RAW STORY’s Larisa Alexandrovna broke the story earlier this year,
which went unnoticed by the mainstream media.

According to current and former intelligence officials, Plame Wilson,
who worked on the clandestine side of the CIA in the Directorate of
Operations as a non-official cover (NOC) officer, was part of an
operation tracking distribution and acquisition of weapons of mass
destruction technology to and from Iran.

David Shuster: While the heart of the CIA leak investigation is the
Bush administration’s agressive defense of the WMD case for war in
Iraq, there is new evidence now the defense may have undermined
intelligence efforts on Iran.

The key player in the CIA leak story is Valerie Wilson, a CIA operative
whose identity was outed by white house officials.

As MSNBC first reported yesterday, Wilson was not just undercover…
but was, according to intelligence sources, part of an effort three
years ago to monitor the proliferation of nuclear weapons material into
Iran. And the sources allege that when Mrs. Wilson’s cover was blown,
part of the administration’s ability to track Iran’s nuclear ambitions
was damaged as well.

There is no evidence Vice President Cheney, who gave information to his
now indicted chief of staff Scooter Libby, knew what Wilson was
involved in. But intelligence experts say the Vice President appears to
have had indications that Wilson’s responsibilities were sensitive. The
Libby indictment says, quote, “on or about June 12, 2003, Libby was
advised by the Vice President of the United States that Wilson’s wife
worked at the Central Intelligence Agency in the Counterproliferation
Division.”

In the Intelligence community, that division means something special.

Rand Beers: You know for a fact that firstly, the people who work there
could be undercover agents working in that office or people on the
agent’s side of the CIA. And secondly, the issues were among the two
most important issues the CIA was working on.”

Vice President Cheney was no stranger to the CIA. In the run-up to the
Iraq war, he visited CIA headquarters on half a dozen occasions. And
Scooter Libby, his chief of staff, was also well versed on the
intelligence community.

But prosecution documents in the Libby case paint a picture of a white
house so intent on undercutting Cheney critic Joe Wilson that officials
failed to consider the possible harm to Wilson’s wife or the possible
damage to the CIA. In other words, say intelligence experts, the white
house war on the Wilsons may have actually weakened the
administration’s war on terror.

Rand Beers: Even at the time of the undermining in the summer of 2003,
we were still deeply worried about what was happening in the Iranian
nuclear program. So, why would you want to undermine that.”

Presidential advisor Karl Rove has told colleagues he had no idea
Valerie Wilson’s status was sensitive.

As for the Vice President, the Libby indictment states that Cheney
spoke to his chief of staff Libby about Valerie Wilson on at least two
occasions. One occasion was just hours before Libby allegedly disclosed
information about Wilson to reporters Matt Cooper and Judith Miller.

What did the Vice President tell Scooter Libby? And did either official
discuss checking with the CIA to determine if Valerie Wilson’s identity
and work were sensitive? Today, the intelligence community is split on
whether Iran is close or not to developing a nuclear weapon. And the
CIA refuses to say anything about possible sources in Iran.

Shuster: But the White House has declared Iran to be one of the
nation’s biggest threats. And it’s because of jobs like agent Wilson’s
that President Bush’s father, President George H.W. Bush once declared
that those who expose CIA sources are the most insidious of traitors.
I’m David Shuster, for hardball, in Washington.

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MSNBC confirms: Outed CIA agent was working on Iran

RAW STORY
Published: Monday May 1, 2006

On Chris Matthews’ Hardball Monday evening, just moments ago, MSNBC
correspondent David Shuster confirmed what RAW STORY first reported in
February: that outed CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson was working on
Iran at the time she was outed.

RAW STORY’s Larisa Alexandrovna broke the story earlier this year,
which went unnoticed by the mainstream media.

According to current and former intelligence officials, Plame Wilson,
who worked on the clandestine side of the CIA in the Directorate of
Operations as a non-official cover (NOC) officer, was part of an
operation tracking distribution and acquisition of weapons of mass
destruction technology to and from Iran.

Reports Shuster in this rush transcript: “INTELLIGENCE SOURCES SAY
VALERIE WILSON WAS PART OF AN OPERATION THREE YEARS AGO TRACKING THE
PROLIFERATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS MATERIAL INTO IRAN. AND THE SOURCES
ALLEGE THAT WHEN MRS. WILSON’S COVER WAS BLOWN, THE ADMINISTRATION’S
ABILITY TO TRACK IRAN’S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS WAS DAMAGED AS WELL.”

MSNBC transcript follows (we apologize for the caps; they were in the
original).

Matthews: Ever since the White House/CIA leak scandal erupted, the
nation has seen photographs here and there of Valerie Wilson, the CIA
operative whose identity was blown. Now, thanks to a black tie event
Saturday night, we have some video. Hardball correspondent David
Shuster brings it to us and has the latest on the CIA leak case.

(David Shuster)

FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE BUSH ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS REVEALED HER
UNDERCOVER IDENTITY AND RUINED HER CAREER — FORMER CIA OPERATIVE
VALERIE WILSON… ACCOMPANIED BY HER HUSBAND JOE WILSON, STEPPED IN
FRONT OF THE TELEVISION CAMERAS. AND THEIR RED CARPET APPEARANCE
SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT’S DINNER COULD NOT HAVE
COME AT A MORE DRAMATIC MOMENT IN THE CIA LEAK INVESTIGATION ITSELF.

PROSECUTOR PATRICK FITZGERALD IS WEIGHING WHETHER TO INDICT TOP
PRESIDENTIAL ADVISOR KARL ROVE, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS BUSH’S BRAIN. AND,
WHITE HOUSE SUPPORTERS ARE STEPPING UP THEIR ARGUMENT THAT UNVEILING
WILSON’S IDENITY WAS NOT A CRIME. JOE WILSON’S RESPONSE?

Wilson: “Well the CIA I think has responded first by asking the Justice
Department to open an investigation and my judgment the leak of
national security information is a betrayal a minimum of one’s security
clearance and certainly of the public trust and I for one can’t
understand how Mr. Rove remains on the payroll of the US Government.”

EARLY IN THE CASE, ROVE ADMITTED TO INVESTIGATORS THAT HE OUTED VALERIE
WILSON’S IDENTITY TO COLUMNIST ROBERT NOVAK — NOVAK WAS THE FIRST
JOURNALIST TO PUBLISH WILSON’S IDENTITY AND THE FIRST TO TALK ABOUT IT
TO INVESTIGATORS.

AND LAST WEEK, KARL ROVE TESTIFIED AGAIN HE MAY HAVE SPOKEN ABOUT THE
WILSON’S WITH TIME MAGAZINE’S MATT COOPER.

ROVE SAID HE DENIED THAT UNDER OATH FOR THE FIRST YEAR OF THE
INVESTIGATION BECAUSE OF MEMORY PROBLEMS. A CASE OF BAD MEMORY IS
SCOOTER LIBBY’S DEFENSE.

BUT IN REGARDS TO KARL ROVE, LAWYERS IN THE CASE SAY PROSECUTOR
FITZGERALD IS STILL TROUBLED BY THE TIMING OF ROVE’S ROLLING
DISCLOSURES: IT SEEMS THAT ROVE’S MEMORY PERKS UP WITH EVERY NEW
INDICATION SOMEONE ELSE WILL EXPOSE HIM. WHEN ROVE FINALLY BEGAN TO
UPDATE HIS TESTIMONY IN OCTOBER 2004… IT WAS JUST DAYS AFTER COOPER
WAS FIRST HELD IN CONTEMPT FOR REFUSING TO DISCLOSE CONFIDENTIAL
SOURCES. AND ROVE DID NOT GIVE COOPER A CLEAR WAIVER TO TESTIFY UNTIL
AFTER COOPER’S APPEALS HAD BEEN EXHAUSTED 9 MONTHS LATER.

IN ANY CASE, AS PROSECUTOR PATRICK FITZGERALD CONSIDERS WHETHER TO
CHARGE KARL ROVE WITH PERJURY, OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, OR WORSE…
MSNBC HAS LEARNED NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE WHITE
HOUSE LEAKS.

INTELLIGENCE SOURCES SAY VALERIE WILSON WAS PART OF AN OPERATION THREE
YEARS AGO TRACKING THE PROLIFERATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS MATERIAL INTO
IRAN. AND THE SOURCES ALLEGE THAT WHEN MRS. WILSON’S COVER WAS BLOWN,
THE ADMINISTRATION’S ABILITY TO TRACK IRAN’S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS WAS
DAMAGED AS WELL.

THE WHITE HOUSE CONSIDERS IRAN TO BE ONE OF AMERICA’S BIGGEST THREATS.

President George W. Bush: “the Iranians should not have a nuclear
weapon, the capacity to make a nuclear weapon, or the knowledge as to
how to make a nuclear weapon. And now that we’ve got the goal in mind,
we’re working on the tactics.”

BUT THE TACTICS ARE NOT AS CLEAR IN THE MIDST OF RECORD LOW APPROVAL
RATINGS AND A DIPLOMATIC AND MILITARY PLAYING FIELD LIMITED BY THE U-S
WAR IN IRAQ.

Madeleine Albright: “The world is in total turmoil right now. Worst
I’ve ever seen it. (reporter) How do we get out of it? Whats the number
one issue as far as whats related to that turmoil? (Albright) Iraq.
(reporter) What do we do about it? (Albright walks away)

THE IRAQ WAR IS THE BACKDROP FOR THE CIA LEAK CASE. JOE WILSON HAD
CRITICIZED THE ADMINISTRATION’S CASE FOR THE IRAQ WAR… AND THE WHITE
HOUSE TRIED TO UNDERCUT HIM BY LEAKING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, INFORMATION
ABOUT HIS CIA WIFE.

Shuster: THE WILSONS SAY THEY’VE SPOKEN TO PROSECUTOR PATRICK
FITZGERALD TWICE SINCE THE CASE BEGAN… AND THE LAST TIME WAS SEVERAL
MONTHS AGO. SO, THEY ARE WAITING, LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE, FOR SOME SORT OF
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM FITZGERALD’S OFFICE ABOUT ROVE. KARL ROVE’S ATTORNEYS
SAY THEY’VE BEEN TOLD BY FITZGERALD THAT NO DECISION WILL BE MADE FOR
AT LEAST ANOTHER WEEK. CHRIS?

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