The other day I watched the entire hearing when Valerie Plame-Wilson testified under oath about the outing of her CIA status. The Bush administration sought retribution for her husband's editorial denouncing the claims of Iraq trying to buy yellow cake urainium from Niger. This claim was made by Bush in the state of the union address.
From the hours of testimony the most important points were:
1) Plame-Wilson was not responsible for sending her husband to Niger, she said she didn't have the authority to send him on the trip and her senior officer simply requested he come to the CIA for a meeting.
2) General Hayden, the head of the CIA, stated in a written statement given by Henry Waxman that Plame-Wilson was covert, under cover and worked with highly classified WMD non proliferation assignments. She was covert and under cover until the day of Robert Novak's article and had travelled on assignment outside the US within the last 5 years.
3) Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney, Richard Armitage, and Ari Fliescher all systematically leaked her CIA identity to the press. Prior to the Novak article only a handful of people outside the CIA knew she worked there.
4) The head of Security at the White House (James Knowbler..SP?) testified his office never investigated the leak nor sought to take away anyone's security clearance.http://thinkprogress.org/2007/03/16/hayden-cia-plame-covert/http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Plame_hearing_transcript_0316.html
So the next time Conservatives try to spin this story, you know the truth in the links I have provided. The White House shill Victoria Toensing was torn apart by the congress people in their Q & A session in the third part of the hearing. She was a complete idiot playing work semantics games and legal term charades.
The most damning evidence being from General Hayden:
General Hayden and the CIA have cleared these following comments for today's hearing.
"During her employment at the CIA, Ms. Wilson was undercover. Her employment status with the CIA was classified information, prohibited from disclosure under Executive Order 12958. At the time of the publication of Robert Novak's column on July 14, 2003, Ms. Wilson's CIA employment status was covert. This was classified information. Ms. Wilson served in senior management positions at the CIA in which she oversaw the work for other CIA employees and she attained the level of GS-14 -- Step Six under the federal pay scale. Ms. Wilson worked on some of the most sensitive and highly secretive matters handled by the CIA. Ms. Wilson served at various times overseas for the CIA."