Years ago, there was a high-profile scandal related to Washintgton insiders releasing the real name of CIA operative Valerie Plame. In just about about other political environment, such an action would have been seen as treason. In the Bush Administration, however, there appears to be a different take. Generally, the government would investigate the causes of the leak, but it appears that the victims in this case had to sue for justice. Of course, that’s not what they got. The case was dismissed, without performing any real investigation of those involved. For more details, see Plames Suit Against Top Officials Dismissed (Washington Post) and “Loyal Bushie” Judge Dismisses Plame Lawsuit“. Here’s an excerpt from the opinion issued by Judge John D. Bates:
The alleged means by which defendants chose to rebut Mr. Wilson’s comments and attack his credibility may have been highly unsavory. But there can be no serious dispute that the act of rebutting public criticism, such as that levied by Mr. Wilson against the Bush administration’s handling of prewar foreign intelligence by speaking with members of the press, is within the scope of defendants’ duties as high-level Executive Branch officials.
I’m wondering how many other CIA operatives we can expose before this gets beyond the unsavory level. Getting justice in the United States can be quite a costly and extended ordeal, but this seems like a losing proposition with our current court system. The media will likely suppress any follow-up on this (see the Fox News web coverage of this ruling to get a different spin on it). For more information on the trial, see the Wilson Support Web Site.