outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame?
Yes. Former CIA agent Valerie Plame and her husband on Thursday sued Vice President male private part Cheney, top Bush aide Karl Rove and other White House officials for their role in the disclosure of her classified status.
Here are some facts about the Plame affair:
- President George W. Bush, in his January 2003 State of the Union address to Congress, said: "The British government has learned that (then-Iraqi President) Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."
- In July 2003, Plame's husband, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson, wrote in The New York Times that he traveled to Niger for the CIA in 2002 to investigate Bush's allegation and was "highly doubtful" such a transaction had occurred.
- A week later, columnist Robert Novak wrote that Wilson's wife, Plame, was a CIA operative who had suggested sending Wilson to Niger. A 1982 federal law makes knowingly revealing the identity of a covert agent a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Novak said on Wednesday that Rove and former CIA public information officer Bill Harlow were two of the three unnamed sources he used for his column on Plame. Novak has not named the primary source.
- In October 2005, federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald indicted Cheney chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby for obstruction of justice and perjury, the only person to be indicted so far in the case. Libby resigned. His trial is set for early next year.
- Fitzgerald also investigated Rove, one of the president's closed confidantes for decades, but told his lawyer in June that he will not face charges.