Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Plame and the 'intelligence officials'

Raw Story reports that MSNBC correspondent David Shuster confirms their story by Larisa Alexandrovna that Plame was working on an operation tracking distribution and acquisition of weapons of mass destruction technology to and from Iran, and that her outing by the Bush Administration damaged the American ability to track Iran’s nuclear program.  Note that this confirmation is careful to note that it is built on what ‘intelligence sources’ say.  In other words, the ‘confirmation’ is just a repetition of the same CIA intelligence bullshitters relied upon in the original Larisa Alexandrovna article.

Note the sources cited in the original article:

  • “According to current and former intelligence officials”
  • “Speaking under strict confidentiality, intelligence officials revealed”
  • “intelligence sources say”
  • “Intelligence sources would not identify the specifics of Plame's work. They did, however, tell RAW STORY that”
  • “Intelligence sources familiar with the damage assessment say”
  • “Former CIA counterintelligence officer Larry Johnson believes”
  • “One former counterintelligence official described”
  • “Another counterintelligence official, also wishing to remain anonymous due to the nature of the subject matter, described”
  • “Three intelligence officers confirmed that”
  • “Several intelligence officials described”.

Judy Miller is considered to be the world’s worst journalist for consistently relying on unconfirmed Pentagon officials spinning a particular line on Iraq.  Why is Larisa Alexandrovna, consistently relying on CIA officials spinning a particular line on Plame, any better?  And how does a repetition of the same claims from more unnamed CIA officials ‘confirm’ the story?