The Left, Convicting on Indictments as Expected (updated)
The big thing with the lefties seems to be a paragraph buried on page five that says Scooter was told by the VP that Plame worked in the Counter Proliferation Division of the CIA. From that, they've decided that since that is under the Directorate of Operations, where spies come from, that Libby should have automatically assumed she was a covert operative.
Well, that's a bunch of hooey, to put it scientifically. Not everyone who works in a division under the Ops is automatically an operative. Just like not everyone who is in the Army is automatically a "ground pounder", and not every Navy Sailor gets underway on ships (strange but true). Sorry guys, but not everyone in a branch of Directorate of Ops is a spy. They actually have secretaries, program managers, HR people, all kinds of folk who have nothing what so ever to do with spying, who aren't covert, and who aren't hiding their identities.
If you'd like to confirm that, the number to the press office at Langley is (703) 482-0623, they are open M-F 7am-5pm and are more than willing to answer your questions. What you'll find out is that only a small percentage of folks in those branches are actual operatives. In fact, in contrast to 'Kos's rant, they also have analysts working there!
Of course the "official" voices of the Democratic Party, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden have all spoken of the horrors of the indictment, and the loss of confidence of the US abroad, lack of integrity in the White House, etc. Is it just me, or is Kerry sounding more like a candidate again than a Senator? I gotta say, Hillary talking about acts of retribution are pretty funny, considering the way her and Bill let their folks hang out to dry for 8 years. Don't they still have friends in prison? more here.
The investigation is not over, as the left is pointing out, still holding hope of seeing Rove in cuffs, but they are taking that part out of context, here's what Fitzgerald had to say about it. (From ABC news):
"Is the investigation finished? It's not over," Fitzgerald said at a news conference. "But … very rarely do you bring a charge in a case that's going to be tried in which you ever end a grand jury investigation. I can tell you that the substantial bulk of the work of this investigation is concluded."
In other words, there probably aren't any charges coming Rove's way, and much to the chagrine of the left, no one looks to be charged with knowingly outing a CIA agent under the 1982 law.
Full text of the Indictment can be found here.
(No unnamed sources were used, and no agents outed in the writing of this story)