"National Security Implications of Disclosing the Identity of an Intelligence Operative"
October 24, 2003
Mansfield Room, U.S. Capitol
"In pursuing a political agenda, the leakers destroyed a woman's chosen career path without regard for the consequences. But the consequences are much greater than Valerie Plame's job as a clandestine CIA employee - they include the damage to the lives and livelihoods of many foreign nationals with whom she was connected and it has destroyed a clandestine cover mechanism that may have been used to protect other CIA non-official cover officers."
Vincent Cannistraro, former Chief of Operations and Analysis at the CIA Counterterrorism Center
"If left unpunished, this cowardly act will not only hinder our efforts to recruit qualified individuals into the clandestine service, but it will have a far-reaching, deleterious effect on our ability to recruit foreign intelligence assets overseas."
Larry Johnson, former CIA Analyst
"The deliberate exposure and identification of Ambassador Wilson's wife, by our own government, was unprecedented, unnecessary, harmful and dangerous."
James Marcinkowski, forer CIA Operations Officer
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Senator Tom Daschle
Senator John D. Rockefeller
Vice Chairman, Select Committee on Intelligence
Senator Bob Graham
Statements by Witnesses
former Chief of Operations and Analysis at the CIA Counterterrorism Center
former CIA Analyst
former CIA Operations Officer
- Leslie Gross-Davis (224-3571)
- Chief Counsel