Blackwater (now known as Xe
) has had a rough few years. The company, and its former CEO Erik Prince
, have been the subject of allegations including murder
, arms smuggling
, child prostitution
and wholesale massacre
Erik Prince has told Vanity Fair
that he was a CIA operative and that someone has turned against him and "thrown him under a bus"
by leaking his CIA associations to the public. He even compared his public outing to that of Valerie Plame
Mr. Prince has also been an outspoken and generous contributor to mostly-Republican political candidates
. Previously on MeFi: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and many more.
Former deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage admits to spilling the Plame beans
. This comes on the heels of an article in Newsweek outing Armitage
as Novak's primary source. Wind up the echo chamber.... [more inside]
Murray Waas is the new Bob Woodward.
An opposing view
. Wuh-duh-yuh-bet most Americans will be much more
interested in this story
The 5pm Deadline is approaching,
but the White House doesn't care. The White House--expected to turn in all documents relevant to the Justice Department investigation of the Plame affair--has instead decided that a team of lawyers ought to spend two weeks determining which evidence can be used against their clients. Meanwhile, President Bush continues his two-month initiative
to get to the bottom of the matter himself.
Journalists say off the record "it was Karl Rove that I spoke to..."
Julian Borger of the Guardian reveals that several journalists have revealed "off the record" that Karl Rove revealed the identity of the CIA operative, but that the reporters aren't publicly admitting it, in order to protect their source. But aren't they also material witnesses to a federal crime? Does not revealing their source make them accessories to that crime?
CIA Seeks Probe of White House
At the risk of a Newsfilter callout, this is pretty big news. The CIA has asked the Justice Department to find out if White House officials were responsible for blowing Valerie Plame's cover. Previous Plame discussion here
How did Bush officials get back at Ambassador Joseph Wilson for talking publicly
two weeks ago about his trip to Niger to investigate claims of an Iraqi uranium deal? By outing his wife as an undercover CIA operative
. As David Corn of The Nation says, "...the Bush administration has screwed one of its own top-secret operatives in order to punish Wilson or to send a message to others who might challenge it..... a pair of top Bush officials told a reporter the name of a CIA operative who apparently has worked under what's known as 'nonofficial cover' and who has had the dicey and difficult mission of tracking parties trying to buy or sell weapons of mass destruction or WMD material. If Wilson's wife is such a person--and the CIA is unlikely to have many employees like her--her career has been destroyed by the Bush administration."
The exposure of an undercover CIA agent is in fact a federal crime.