NOT VALERIE PLAME – AT 8:02 P.M. ET: The smug "sophisticates" who are raising toasts to the wicked Wiki guy, might consider what happens when real secrets are revealed. From AP:
The CIA has pulled its top spy out of Pakistan after threats were made against his life, current and former U.S. officials said, an unusual move for the U.S. and a complication on the front lines of the fight against Al Qaeda.
The CIA station chief was in transit Thursday after a Pakistani lawsuit earlier this month accused him by name of killing civilians in missile strikes. The Associated Press is not publishing the station chief's name because he remains undercover and his name is classified.
Good for AP. Some maturity, at last.
CIA airstrikes from unmanned aircraft have successfully killed terrorist leaders but have led to accusations in Pakistan that the strikes have killed innocent people. The U.S. does not acknowledge the missile strikes, but there have been more than 100 such attacks this year -- more than double the amount in 2009.
The lawsuit blew the American spy's cover, leading to threats against him and forcing the U.S. to call him home, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
CIA officials' "serious concerns" for the station chief's safety led to the decision to bring him home, a U.S. official said. A spokeswoman for the spy agency, Jennifer Youngblood, declined to comment.
COMMENT: Let's see if the fraudulent left shows as much concern about this real breach of security as it did over the phony Valerie Plame case, which has now been made into a minor motion picture that has drawn an audience of six.
The Pakistan CIA saga is just a taste of things to come as the Wikis release more and more classified information. There are real people out there, suffering real consequences. Mr. Assange, the king of the Wikis, is now living under "house detention" in a mansion of England, being feted by his wealthy, trendy friends. Others are sweating because of his leaks, and some might die.
Mr. Assange complains that he is being mistreated.
December 17, 2010