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Friday, July 22, 2005

Enough is enough...

The AP has a story up on former intelligence officers testifying before Senate and House Democrats today. Patrick Lang, a retired Army and defense intelligence officer, was quoted as saying foreigners thinking of cooperating with US operatives would be deterred due to the message the President's handling of the Wilson/Plame debacle is sending.

"This says to them that if you decide to cooperate, someone will give you up, so you don't do it," Lang said. "They are not going to trust you in any way."

Foreign assets don't have to worry about Karl Rove giving them up - the CIA does a good enough job of that on its own. In fact, the whole reason the law they're trying to ding Rove with was enacted was because the Agency was so lax in protecting the cover of its officers and agents. What's really got these guys steamed is that now everyone knows what their idea of human intelligence is - providing one self-interested diplomat (tapped by his wife, who walked through the front door at Langley every day) an open expense account to go meet with another self-interested diplomat to pick up a forged document. Not exactly John le Carre...


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