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Valeria Plame: CIA Outing ‘Stupid,’ but False Equivalence to Compare to Mine

Valerie Plame, the former CIA officer who was infamously outed during the Bush administration, was on CNN yesterday to react to the accidental outing of another CIA official this week. Plame called it “colossally stupid,” but made it clear this is in no way equivalent to what happened to her. Plame’s outing over ten years ago turned into a full-fledged scandal that implicated a number of Bush administration officials, which she doesn’t believe is in par with one person’s “colossally stupid” accident.

Plame told Wolf Blitzer this week’s embarrassment was “an error of huge proportions with tremendous consequences,” but the difference here is, she said, “my name was intended to be leaked in retaliation against my husband, who was a fierce critic of the Bush administration and the Iraq War.”

On this particular case, Plame did say it raises a serious issue of security clearances and how many people should get them. And furthermore, there are plenty of disastrous implications of a CIA station chief’s name being out there when that information may end up in the hands of people who might want to inflict serious harm upon them.

Watch the video below, via CNN:

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