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Who Ya Gonna Believe?

Posted by MEC on March 18, 2007

When Groucho Marx asked “Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?” it was funny.

When the people involved in the smear campaign against Valerie Plame in effect ask us that, it’s just stupid.

In a comment on this post, whig points us to a post in cannablog that zeroes in on a statement that should settle once and for all the question of whether Valerie Plame’s CIA status was classified information.

From the hearing transcript:

HENRY WAXMAN: 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 6, 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.

It can’t be clearer than this. By clearing that information to be made public, the head of the CIA confirmed its truth. Valerie Plame’s employment status with the CIA was classified information, prohibited from disclosure under Executive Order 12958.

This unambiguous and authoritative statement will not stop The Usual Suspects from continuing to claim that Valerie Plame was not a covert agent. I won’t be a bit surprised to hear them claim that the Honorable Mr. Waxman was lying about General Hayden reviewing and clearing the statement. They can’t do anything else, in fact, because they’ve made too much of a commitment to their own position to admit they’re wrong.

The thing is, the only way to agree with the rightwingers’ claims is to decide that everybody else is lying: not just that Valerie Plame is lying, but that Patrick Fitzgerald is lying, Henry Waxman is lying, Michael Hayden is lying, former CIA agents Jim Marcinkowski and Larry Johnson are lying. And really, what are the odds that all these people, who have heretofore had sterling reputations, would be lying now?

One Response to “Who Ya Gonna Believe?”

  1. whig said

    Indeed.

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