Sunday, October 30, 2005

60 minutes tonight

“We give our most sensitive cases to those officers serving under non-official cover,” explains Melissa Mahle, who spent 14 years in the Middle East as a covert CIA operative maintaining a series of fictitious “legends,” or cover stories, created by her superiors.

“I conducted espionage. I went overseas, I recruited agents,” says Mahle.

She left the agency three years ago, and recently struck up a friendship with a woman whose career ran parallel to her own: Valerie Plame Wilson.

“People have said, ‘Oh, well, Valerie wasn't serving in a sensitive position. So it's not really that serious.’ Well, I would say that's a very fallacious way of looking at this because a cover is for a clandestine officer can be different things at different times. We change cover. We modify cover based on how we need it,” says Mahle. “If you start to unravel one part of that, you can unravel the whole thing.”

Mahle says Valerie was working on important national security issues, like keeping tabs on nuclear material and the world’s top nuclear scientists. “She is an expert on weapons of mass destruction. These are the kind of people that don't grow on trees.”

What do agents in that division do? “They're trying to figure out, really, the hard questions of who has the capability obtaining and deploying a biological weapon. Or a chemical weapon. Who's doing it? What are those networks? What are the financial trails?” says Mahle.


Former agent Jim Marcinkowski says one of the worst things about the leak is that it gives America’s enemies clues about how the CIA operates. “She is the wife of an ambassador, for example. Now, since this happened, every wife of an ambassador is going to be suspected. Or they'll know there's a possibility that the wife of a U.S. ambassador is a CIA agent.”

“I get the impression you get really angry about what happened,” Bradley asked Melissa Mahle.

“Of course I do, because we're talking about lives and we're talking about capabilities. We do our work. We risk our own lives. We risk lives of our agents in order to protect our country. And when something like this happens, it cuts to the very core of what we do. We're not being undermined by the North Koreans. We're not being undermined by the Russians. We're being undermined by officials in our own government. That I find galling,” Mahle said.


“So her career is then definitely been damaged by this?” Bradley asked.

“Her career has been ended,” he said. - read it all
How much damage has this administration done to this country?


Blogger dada said...

Thanks for posting this so promptly, rk. I particularly liked the comment by a former CIA agt. and acquaintance of Plame saying the agency's in far more danger of being undermined and people endangered from our own gov't (read "Bush and Cheney")than by the North Koreans or Russians.

And now Senator Reid says Bush and Cheney should apologize for Scooter Libby. My, My, that's so nice and civil of him.

Maybe eventually he'll get around to asking 'em if they'd like to also apologize to Iraq, collaterally damaged back to the Stone Age. Maybe he might ask their contrition for the tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis killed in their hell bent war.

Or, the hundreds of billions of dollars squandered to blow shit up or enrich their corporate cronies and themselves.

I'm sure that Bush and Cheney will also want to express their remorse to the friends, families and loved ones of over 2000 dead Americans. Oh, and Senator Reid, maybe you should ask they apologize directly to those 2,000 GI's who died for their bogus war. Oh wait, they can't. They won't. They're all dead.

No, far more than apologies are needed here. We need these international war criminals and American traitor sons o' bitches to do some hard, hard time behind bars for a long, long time.

But don't hold your breath waiting to see that happen, Sen. Reid. Oh, and don't hold your breath waiting for your 'apology' from 'em either, Reid. Bastards like these are above remorse.

10:10 PM  

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