First Up: CIA Agent Revealed

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Aired September 30, 2003

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CIA operative Valerie Plame's cover was blown when her name appeared in a July newspaper column. Plame's husband blames the disclosure on the Bush administration, but the White House denies any involvement. The CIA has asked the Justice Department to investigate the leak.

1. What recently occurred regarding Valerie Plame's status as a CIA agent?

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2. Who is Robert Novak? What does he say about the article he wrote citing Plame's occupation?

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3. Who is Joe Wilson? Who does he believe is responsible for the leak? What is is rationale for this belief?

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4. How has the White House responded to the incident?

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5. Which agency is responsible for investigating an incident like this one? According to the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982, what type of crime has been committed with this incident? Why do you think a leak like this is so serious?

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Related Links

CNN.com: Administration vows cooperation in probe of intelligence leak (http://cnnstudentnews.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/09/29/wilson.cia/index.html)

CIA Homepage for Kids (http://www.cia.gov/cia/ciakids/index.shtml)

Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982 (http://foi.missouri.edu/bushinfopolicies/protection.html)

Keywords

Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Council, Valerie Plame, Joe Wilson


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