Wow. Stick a fork in whoever leaked Plame's ID to Novak - they're done
. WaPost has, among other bits, an interview with a former CIA officer who says:
A. Valerie Plame was, indeed, undercover and her identity protected
B. The CIA warned Novak as explicitly as possible not to publish her name
Harlow, the former CIA spokesman, said in an interview yesterday that he testified last year before a grand jury about conversations he had with Novak at least three days before the column was published. He said he warned Novak, in the strongest terms he was permitted to use without revealing classified information, that Wilson's wife had not authorized the mission and that if he did write about it, her name should not be revealed.
Harlow said that after Novak's call, he checked Plame's status and confirmed that she was an undercover operative. He said he called Novak back to repeat that the story Novak had related to him was wrong and that Plame's name should not be used. But he did not tell Novak directly that she was undercover because that was classified.
Seems like this is basically the CIA declaring war on the Bush Administration. About time - they've been pushed onto one too many swords. Also interesting is that Fitzgerald's investigation was broad enough to cover how the "questionable" NIger intelligence was used by the White House, and how blame for it was later assigned, wrongly, to the CIA. This rabbit hole might go down a ways...