WASHINGTON—New revelations about the CIA leak case suggest that reporters “outed” Valerie Plame as a CIA employee and that Bush Administration officials merely received and passed on the information.
“The disclosures have turned this case upside down,” says Cliff Kincaid, editor of Accuracy in Media (AIM). “It’s clear that reporters, not the White House, are under investigation. Judith Miller of The New York Times is in jail because she may have been the real ‘source’ in this case.”
The Washington Post reports today that “there is significant evidence that reporters were in some cases alerting officials about Plame’s identity and relationship to Wilson—not the other way around.” The paper says not only did Bush official Karl Rove learn about Plame from journalists but that Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, was “alerted by someone in the media” to Plame’s identity, and that he told Matt Cooper of Time that “he had heard about her from someone else in the media?”
“The journalistic defenders of Judith Miller have egg all over their faces,” says Kincaid. “The media called for this probe thinking they could nail Rove. But they only succeeded in jailing one of their own. By defending her, they are obstructing justice in the case.”
Accuracy In Media (AIM) is a non-profit, grassroots citizens watchdog of the news media that critiques botched and bungled news stories and sets the record straight on important issues that have received slanted coverage.