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Reporters will reveal what outed CIA officer did for agency

John Byrne
Published: Tuesday September 5, 2006

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A detailed accounting of the work of CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson -- the outed agent at the center of the CIA leak scandal -- could break open as soon as today in The Nation, according to an individual familiar with the story.

The 'Plame' scandal, which resulted after a conservative columnist outed Valerie Plame Wilson as a CIA officer in the wake of her husband's critique of the Bush Administration's Iraq WMD intelligence, has embroiled the Administration in a two-year public relations battle to assert that the outing was not connected with her husband's critique.

I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Cheney's erstwhile chief of staff, was indicted last fall for covering up his role in the affair. Karl Rove, Deputy White House chief of staff, faced five appearances before the grand jury investigating the case but was not charged.

RAW STORY previously revealed that Plame had been working in the counterproliferation of nuclear materials in Iran. Our story, published in February, suggested a new level of seriousness to Plame's work at the CIA, which was written off by skeptics as a desk job.

The source would not give any specific details of the nature of the story, but characterized it as significant. The story comes from the new book, Hubris, a tell-all about the lead-up to the Iraq war written by Newsweek's Michael Isikoff and Nation Washington editor David Corn.

Isikoff and Corn revealed last week that former Colin Powell Deputy Richard Armitage had been a source for the original story outing Plame, written by Robert Novak.

The new story may appear online at The Nation as soon as today. Hubris is scheduled for public release on Friday.