Originally posted by ShawnJ
He was referring to the "conservative" fellow members of humanity, not that he, himself, is conservative.
That has no legal bearing at all. A federal crime was clearly committed and you refuse to even admit it, nevermind hold anyone responsible for it (or speak out against its unknown perpetrators). Northgate's point is proven.
Try reading the article please.
Administration officials told columnist Robert D. Novak then that Wilson, a partisan critic of Bush's foreign policy, was sent to Niger at the suggestion of Plame, who worked in the nonproliferation unit at CIA. The disclosure of Plame's identity, which was classified, led to an investigation into who leaked her name.
The report may bolster the rationale that administration officials provided the information not to intentionally expose an undercover CIA employee, but to call into question Wilson's bona fides as an investigator into trafficking of weapons of mass destruction. To charge anyone with a crime, prosecutors need evidence that exposure of a covert officer was intentional.
The whole point of the investigation was to prove that the administration intentionally named her and blew her cover. They did this by claiming cronyism and saying that Wilson, was not fit to go, but was recommended by his wife.
Those pushing for the investigation claimed that Wilson had been recommended, and that the charge of cronyism was nothing more than a guise to cover for the fact that they were intentionally naming the wife, blowing her cover, and thus blowing her career.
But the REALITY is that they produced the very memo where Plame recommended her husband.
The report states that a CIA official told the Senate committee that Plame "offered up" Wilson's name for the Niger trip, then on Feb. 12, 2002, sent a memo to a deputy chief in the CIA's Directorate of Operations saying her husband "has good relations with both the PM [prime minister] and the former Minister of Mines (not to mention lots of French contacts), both of whom could possibly shed light on this sort of activity." The next day, the operations official cabled an overseas officer seeking concurrence with the idea of sending Wilson, the report said.
Also add this...
The report said Plame told committee staffers that she relayed the CIA's request to her husband, saying, "there's this crazy report" about a purported deal for Niger to sell uranium to Iraq. The committee found Wilson had made an earlier trip to Niger in 1999 for the CIA, also at his wife's suggestion.
So not only do we have a memo, we have a pattern.
So the point is to be a crime, they had to intentionally know she was an undercover agent. The relationship between Plame and Wilson is clear enough, and she was indeed the person who recommended him. Naming her was simply naming the facts regarding what happened. There was no clear intent to break the law anymore than me saying that your mom made you lunch would be breaking the law.