Remember Valerie Plame, the former CIA officer who was “outed” during the run-up to the Iraq war after her husband, Joe Wilson, went to Africa in search of yellow cake? It turns out that she’s totally cool with outing CIA agents now, despite what happened to her over a decade ago.
That’s right: Valerie Plame is now going out of her way to publicize the outing of another CIA agent:
Late last week, Glenn Greenwald, a writer known primarily for hating America, loving Edward Snowden and gratuitously using comment sockpuppets, disclosed the identity of a CIA agent allegedly involved with the government’s enhanced interrogation program. And then Valerie Plame retweeted the article. And then she retweeted a tweet calling Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) “assholes” for opposing Cuba’s communist regime while supporting the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques.
Which is of course so ironic as to be completely absurd, given that 1) she was outed by 2) a partisan official who used politics to justify the outing. Really? Outing an agent and then using politics to justify it? I’m old enough to remember when that was something Plame and her mint tea-sipping husband thought was treason. Apparently things are different in 2014 than they were in 2003.
We are officially through the looking glass.
Now, it’s possible that we’re being a bit too harsh on Ms. Plame. After all, it appears that she made quite a bit of money and earned quite a bit of fame from her husband’s international sleuthing and her subsequent outing. Hollywood made a big movie about the whole affair. Sean Penn starred as Joe Wilson, Plame’s husband, and Plame had the honor of being portrayed by megastar Naomi Watts.
Maybe Plame just wanted the newly outed CIA agent to reap the benefits of the agent’s years of service in the CIA. Maybe Plame wanted the agent to be able to get the same movie deals and red carpet walks as Plame and Wilson. Maybe this was just Plame’s way of paying it forward. Or maybe Plame’s just a hypocrite hack.
I asked Plame on Twitter why she felt compelled to retweet an article outing a CIA agent. She hasn’t responded, but I will be sure to include her response here if and when she does.