Editor’s Note – It was quite the scandal when Valerie Plame’s CIA identity was revealed and despite not being the one who leaked the information, ‘Scooter’ Libby took the fall.
The media and the left was in a frenzy over the case in an effort to shame the Bush Administration over those ‘sixteen words‘ he uttered in the 2003 State of the Union address regarding Iraq’s Saddam Hussein seeking yellow-cake uranium from Niger.
Even Fact Check determined that he was factual after all the wrangling but that didn’t prevent a special prosecutor from nailing Libby on an unrelated charge. The truth has come out on the Valerie Plame incident as well but now we may have another case. Richard Armitage was the Plame leak when he told “Mission to Niger” author Robert Novack about her identity, but he never was charged. Now we hear very little about it all as ‘Scooter’ Libby rebuilds his life.
What was originally a case controlled by the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, we now must determine if a ‘Tweet’ by John Dinges has crossed that purported line, this time for real? FBI Director Mueller – there is a call for you one line 2 … paging Director Mueller. Director Brennan, call on line 3…
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Just a day after the CIA chose to bypass a spy for their top position because of her waterboarding past, the name of the man they chose instead was leaked on Twitter despite his still being undercover. The government is remaining mum, but Francis Archibald is likely the next spy chosen to head the Central Intelligence Agency’s National Clandestine Service. ‘New head of #CIA clandestine service was head of #LatinAmerica Division since ca 2011. Francis ‘Frank’ Archibald, 57,’ tweeted former Washington Post assistant editor John Dinges on Wednesday.
The leak was likely related to a report Tuesday that the post would be filled by the head of the CIA’s Latin American Division, a former station chief in Pakistan who former officials said once ran the covert action that helped remove Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic from power.
The top spy job was originally supposed to go to one of the agency’s highest-ranking women, an agent identified only as G.
But cries rang out over ‘G’s’ heavy involvement with a secret CIA prison in Thailand where high-profile terrorist suspects were subjected to so-called enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding and sleep deprivation.
The officer briefly ran a secret CIA prison where accused terrorists Abu Zubayada and Abd al-Nashiri were waterboarded in 2002, according to current and former U.S. intelligence officials.
She was also a senior manager in the Counterterrorism Center helping run operations in the war on terror and served as chief of staff to Jose Rodriguez and helped carry out his order that the CIA destroy its waterboarding videos.
That order prompted a lengthy Justice Department investigation that ended without charges.
Shortly after Dinges’ tweet, reports Gawker, longtime intelligence reporter Jeff Stein confirmed Archibald’s pick in AND Magazine, in a report that also supports the claim that ‘G’ was passed over for her interrogation ties.
‘Most likely Archibald was chosen because there’s not a whiff of scandal in his background, as far as we know,’ Stein wrote. ‘”Bland” is a word that comes to mind.’
The CIA, while announcing G’s bypassing, denied it was the veteran spy’s waterboarding past led to the decision.
‘The assertion she was not chosen because of her affiliation with the (counter terrorism) mission is absolutely not true,’ said CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood.
Meanwhile, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Senate Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat, has criticized the interrogation program and personally urged CIA Director John Brennan not to promote G, according to a former senior intelligence briefed on the call.
More than a decade after it last used waterboarding, an interrogation technique that simulates drowning, the CIA is still hounded by the legacy of a tactic that the U.S. government regarded as torture before the Bush administration authorized its use against terrorist suspects.
Brennan’s ties to the interrogation program delayed for years his nomination to lead the CIA and Feinstein wants the agency to declassify a 6,000-page report on the interrogation program.
Government officials have neither confirmed nor denied Archibald’s appointment.