Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Plame affair turning more sinister

THE "outing" of the wife of a former US ambassador as an undercover operative of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is emerging as a much more sinister affair than initially thought. It now appears that the Israeli Mossad secret agency manipulated the White House to expose a CIA operation monitoring nuclear devices, fissionable material and delivery systems in Russia. As a result of the exposure, the CIA operation had to be called off, leaving the field clear for Mossad to grab some of the nukes, which, some people say, could be used in a false-flag operation where Arabs or Iranians could be blamed.
That is the conclusion of many "bloggers" on the Internet, some of them top-notch experts in their respective areas and are well-informed.
That Valerie Plame, the woman who was "outed," was involved in much more sensitive work than known until now was revealed by Whitley Strieber, a well-known writer about mysteries and UFOs.
He says that Valerie Plame and many CIA agents were working under the cover of a company called Brewster-Jennings and Associates in several countries, including Russia.
He says that the Russian operation of Brewster-Jennings and Associates involved monitoring "loose nukes, making sure that nothing goes missing, and tracking and locating missing items" across the southern areas of the former Soviet Union where there are numerous nuclear devices, fissionable material and delivery systems that are barely guarded by the locals."
Strieber, who did not attribute his information of any source, says outing Plame meant exposing this company as CIA front and thus destroying and compromising all these agents. "Basically, the most important CIA human intelligence agents are all gone," he writes.
The known essence of the Palme affair so far was that she being identified as a CIA operative was the neconservatives' way of getting back at her husband Wilson.
Wilson had charged that his wife's CIA association had been deliberately exposed by the White House in order to destroy her career in retaliation for his public charge that the Bush administration had lied to the American people about US intelligence concerning weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
In an article he wrote in he New York Times on July 7, 2003, Wilson denounced the Bush administration, saying that "some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear programme was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat."
Six days later, columnist Rober Novak revealed that Palme was a CIA agent and she was instrumental in sending her husband to Niger to investigate Iraq's nuclear activities. Wilson had reported that charges that Iraq had bought nuclear material from Niger were false, but his report was ignored. President George W Bush himself cited "evidence" that Saddam Hussein had bought nuclear material from Niger, and that was what prompted Wilson to go public with his finding.
An investigation has been launched under special counsel Patrick Fritzgerald into who had "leaked" Palme's identity to Novak.
Strieber says that Palme's immediate superior at the CIA, Jim Pavitt, resigned from the agency in the wake of the outing.
Strieber writes: "Valerie Plame was no small fish. The revelation of her name is, in fact, the most serious intelligence disaster in the history of this country. Only a tiny number of high officials, such as the president, the secretaries of state and defense, and a few high White House officials even have access to the names of the CIA’s 'non-official cover' officers.
"These are seemingly private individuals who are actually key CIA personnel, whose clandestine activities are run via carefully designed covers, companies that are legitimate from top to bottom and are not in any way thought to be CIA-associated, and have survived years of scrutiny from foreign intelligence operations, and are believed by even the best of them to be entirely non-CIA connected.
"The names on the NOC list are among the greatest secrets possessed by our country, and the leaking of this particular name at this particular time could well be the single most traitorous act in our history, because it has blinded us to the actions of Iran as they are in the process of acquiring nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them."
According to Strieber, Brewster-Jennings and Associates were primarily active in the US and Saudi Arabia, but also engaged in activities in China, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia and Syria.
"Two decades of intelligence work in these countries has been compromised or destroyed by this monstrous act," he says. "Worse, we can no longer trust any intelligence being gathered via this critical resource."
Strieber does not refer to Mossad at all. The "connection" is made by
others, given than Bush's close aide Karl Rove and Vice-President Dick Cheney's chief of staff Lewis Libby have been identified as those who "leaked" the name of Palme. Suggestions are also plenty that the scandal involves Bush and Cheney, who are alleged to have discussed the issue before the name was "leaked."
For many, it is a foregone conclusion that both Rove and Libby are somehow connected with Israel, and, by inference, Mossad.
A posting on suggests that whoever leaked Palme's name did so to benefit Mossad.
"For years now, and since outing Plame, these Russian nuclear devices and materials have remained unguarded, available for Mossad to grab," says the posting adding that the Israeli agency would use the nukes to stage terrorism and blame it on "Al-Qaeda" or Arabs or Iranians.
"The pending indictments in the Plame outing case are threatening to shed a lot of light on the real purpose of outing Plame and the Mossad operatives and involved in grabbing the Russian nukes," it says.
Another says: "The outing affected far more than just Valerie Plame's career. The seriousness of the outing actualy makes Valerie's career extremely insignificant, since not only was an entire operation exposed, but it also placed the lives of other operatives under serious risk. Whoever outed Valeri must of known this, and I doubt it was done for the reasons stated by Wilson — that's just the cover story for public consumption. This rabbit hole goes very deep."
Strieber's argument, in principle, is the same:
"It cannot be that this was what has been portrayed: the act of a vindictive official intent on ruining Plame’s career because her husband annoyed the administration. It is more than that, it must be. The reason is simple. Everybody who knew her name also knew what she did and how extraordinarily sensitive her work was."
"In the meantime," he says, "we can only wait and pray that a nuclear weapon does not go off somewhere in the world—or even more than one. The worst case nuclear scenario is that a bomb devastates a great western city, and the west is then warned that many other cities are mined with similar weapons, and this is done by a shadowy 'terrorist group'."