Incredibly bad tradecraft

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Rove’s lawyer, Robert Luskin, said Rove did not disclose Valerie Plame’s name, a point that Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., called a distinction without a difference.

“The fact that he didn’t give her name, but identified the ambassador’s wife … doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out who that is,” Biden said on CNN’s “Inside Politics.” “If that occurred, at a minimum, that was incredibly bad judgment, warranting him being asked to leave.”

But I thought she was a covert agent. So she would have had a cover identity, right? So, saying “the wife of X” when she was, in fact, “the wife of X” wouldn’t be blowing her cover. If this woman was a covert operative, then her problems started when she decided to marry a high profile figure, didn’t establish a good cover identity and openly commuted to work at CIA headquarters every day. At the very least a covert agent ought to know better than to go to work at CIA headquarters every day. All the chalk marks on park benches, blind drops, trying to lose tails and what not are pretty unimportant in the face of a slip up like going to work at spy agency headquarters every day.

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