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Plame Week Perspective
At the edge of what is certain to be Plame Week in America comes Steve Weissman's "Outing CIA Agents, Valerie Plame Meets Philip Agee" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=30695 It's an attempt to put the law that launched the Firtzgerald investigation into some historical perspective -- to remind people that, as Weissman writes, "Being bashed by Team Bush does not turn the Central Intelligence Agency into the home team or necessarily make Valerie Plame a modern-day Joan of Arc." It is above all an attempt to consider, again in the context of the past, the "outing" of CIA agents, to put the subject of Plame's outing in particular into some perspective. As I point out in my introduction to the piece, there is a certain irony -- and a hint of blowback -- in the possibility that this administration will have come undone over the 1982 law on the outing of CIA agents.