7/21/2003 01:48:00 AM
by The MinuteMan
Mark Kleiman Covers My Bet - [UPDATE - And Looks Good]
I have a long post below, laying out scenarios on the Ms. Wilson Caper. I put my money, tepidly, on the idea that Ms. Wilson is an overt CIA agent. In Mr. Kleiman's latest post
, that would be (3).
Mr. Kleiman favors (4), "She works for a consulting firm as cover for her real work as a spy for the CIA."
Well, at least we agree on what the bases are and I think we have covered them.
Now, my headscratcher - why do we think Ms. Wilson is a consultant? I have carried that belief for several days, but when I tried to verify it, the best I could do was this David Corn excerpt:
"If she is not a CIA employee and Novak is reporting accurately, then the White House has wrongly branded a woman known to friends as an energy analyst for a private firm as a CIA officer.
Have I forgotten some source? That is pretty thin. Telling your friends that you are an energy analyst for a private firm is like telling them nothing. Which a person at the CIA might do, just to avoid a lot of silly conversations.
Just wondering. If this is the only source for her "consultant" cover, and you discount it a bit, my choice of (3) looks a lot better.
UPDATE: The subliminal power of the CalPundit
July 16, 2003
ABUSE OF POWER....Valerie Plame is an energy analyst for a private firm. She is also the wife of Joseph Wilson...
Groan. I have no doubt that it seemed inconsequential at the time, and I am sure that dropping the qualifier hardly seemed important. Repeat groan.