ACTION ALERT: “Plamegate” Demands an Independent Investigation

October 6th, 2003 - by admin

by Amy Goodman, Jeremy Scahill and the staff of Democracy Now! –

Reporter Bob Novak has stated that two “senior White House” officials leaked the name of CIA undercover agent Valeri Plame. The leak was apparently intended as retaliation after Plame’s husband, retired US diplomat Joseph Wilson exposed the fraudulent nature of George W. Bush’s claim that Iraq had purchased uranium from Niger.

Allegations are swirling that Karl Rove, senior political adviser to President George W. Bush, may have committed a felony by blowing the cover of a CIA operative. CIA Director George Tenet has called on the Justice Department to investigate but the White House said Monday that “President George W. Bush has no plans to ask his staff members whether they played a role.” And what makes this story even more remarkable is how seriously the Bush family has viewed outing intelligence operatives in the past.

Two weeks ago Democracy Now! aired Wilson’s comments before a suburban Seattle audience that he believes Bush’s closest aide, Karl Rove, told reporters that Wilson’s wife was a CIA agent.

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