Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Retired federal prosecutor on the Plame case

Getting the story straight on Plame case | "Pundits have reached a rare unanimous verdict about one aspect of the grand jury investigation into the Valerie Plame leak: no charges can be brought under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act because it imposes an impossibly high standard. Christopher Hitchens, for instance, described the 1982 act as a 'silly law' that requires that 'you knowingly wish to expose the cover of a CIA officer who you understand may be harmed as a result.'
The pundits are wrong, however, and their casual summaries of the requirements of the 1982 statute betray a fundamental misunderstanding regarding proof of criminal intent. Do you have to intend to harm a CIA agent or jeopardize national security in order to violate the Intelligence Identities Protection Act? The answer is no."

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