Roger L. Simon

Flaming the Plame

Assuming you trust the Associated Press, they have new “information” on the Plame Affair from three (not one) anonymous sources:

Information attributed to Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff in New York Times reporter Judith Miller’s interview notes is incorrect, offering prosecutors a potential lead to tracking the bad information to its original source.

Miller disclosed this weekend that her notes of a conversation she had with I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby on July 8, 2003 stated Cheney’s top aide told her that the wife of Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson worked for the CIA’s Weapons Intelligence, Non-Proliferation, and Arms Control (WINPAC) unit.

Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, never worked for WINPAC, an analysis unit in the overt side of the CIA, and instead worked in a position in the CIA’s secret side, known as the directorate of operations, according to three people familiar with her work for the spy agency.

The three all spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the current secrecy requirements of Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s grand jury investigation into the leak of Plame’s identity in 2003 to the media.

Meanwhile, on a related note, my annual envelope from “Who’s Who in America” arrived today. You know the one informing you that you have been selected for “Who’s Who” and can now buy your own copy of the book for fifty bucks or whatever it is. I don’t know the exact amount because, as usual, I chucked the envelope in the basket without opening it. Practically anyone… even covert CIA agents who work in the “top secret” Directorate of Operations… can be in “Who’s Who“.