Wednesday, 12 October 2005 - 9:24 PM CDT
Corn, from back in July forgodssake:
"Now let's turn to the great mystery [Clifford] May believes he has solved: how did Corn know--even in his supposin'--to describe Valerie Wilson as a "top-secret" operative? Two explanations. First, I assumed the worst, in order to explore fully the possible ramifications of the Novak leak. Second, I knew that the Wilsons had told friends and family members that Valerie was an energy analyst at a private firm. That would mean that if she was a CIA operative (as Novak reported--and don't we trust his reporting?) then she had to be an undercover CIA operative. Could there be any other alternative? CIA employees who work overtly at the CIA--and there are many--do not tell people they work for a private firm. And since the story was that Valerie worked for an energy firm, that meant that she could not have what's known as "official" cover. (That's when a CIA officer is stationed as a diplomat in an embassy overseas.) And Novak had reported her field was weapons of mass destruction--which is a top-secret field. So this is the info I possessed: she was a CIA "operative" working on WMD issues and she told people she was an energy analyst at a private firm. In my calculations, that could only add up to one thing: if Novak's report was accurate, she was a NOC working in a highly sensitive field.
I needed no secrets from Joe Wilson to reach that conclusion. And he gave me no secrets--on background, on foreground, or on any ground.
Novak ruined Valerie Wilson's career. His words put her past operations in jeopardy. May is now desperately trying to absolve Novak and the Bush administration leakers (such as Karl Rove) by blaming Joe Wilson (a victim) and me.
Here's another fact that may interest anyone who thinks May might have a point:
Number of times I've been contacted by Patrick Fitzgerald, interviewed or contacted by his investigators, and called before the grand jury: 0."