Got done with my morning reads, and I was about to get to work when I realized I had forgotten to put up the Daily Plame Flame War Thread. No new stories in the WaPo or the NYT, so I had to go to the second stringers at the LA Times from several days ago:
Scandals metastasize. That is the pattern since Watergate. What starts out looking like a small, isolated incident gradually reveals itself to be part of a larger abuse of power. Meanwhile, an unraveling coverup adds new elements. Is that happening now with the scandal over White House leaks of the identity of a CIA agent?
Some folks say that as we learn more, the scandal is getting smaller, not larger. Valerie Plame was a CIA functionary commuting openly to agency headquarters, not a spy working behind enemy lines. The law against revealing the identities of intelligence agents is complicated and probably wasn’t broken in this case. And the story line gets muddier: Journalists may have revealed Plame’s identity to White House honchos.
We don’t buy it. However they came to learn about this juicy factoid, people in the Bush administration misused an intelligence secret to discredit a critic of its Iraq policy. And outing Plame, whether illegal or not, did harm to our national security. Plame may work in Langley, Va., but she worked with others who work in more dangerous locales. You only need to imagine how Republicans would have treated such a leak in the Clinton administration to dismiss their protestations that it’s all no big deal.
Now go play Whack a Mole with each other in the comments. BTW- what happened to Darrell?