Kerry, Senators Urge Congressional Investigation Into Leak of CIA Agent Valerie Plame’s Name

Advance copy to The Democratic Daily

For Immediate Release:

Today, Senator John Kerry; Senator Carl Levin, Ranking Member of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations; and 24 other Senators formally requested that Congress investigate the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame’s identity — a leak a senior administration official described at the time as “meant purely and simply for revenge.”

“Americans deserve a Congress that holds Washington accountable for the truth about our national security. Can anyone argue with a straight face that Congress has time to look at steroid use in baseball but doesn’t have the will to provide congressional oversight of the leak of a CIA agent’s name? It’s long past time to stop putting politics ahead of the public good, get to the bottom of a national security breach and restore credibility to Washington,” said John Kerry, who authored the letter.

Below is the text of the letter sent today:

Dear Mr. Speaker and Mr. Majority Leader:

The press has reported on information strongly suggesting that senior Administration officials, including White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove and the Vice President’s Chief of Staff Lewis Libby, exposed the identity of American intelligence operative Valerie Plame, despite the repeated denial of the White House at the time.

The public revelation of Ms. Plame’s identity, whether it amounts to a crime or an irresponsible breach of security protocol that doesn’t meet the standard of criminal conduct, almost certainly compromised her intelligence networks and may have compromised the safety and welfare of anyone who had worked with her overseas. As a group of respected former intelligence officials wrote in 2004: “Any breach of the code of confidentiality and cover weakens the overall fabric of intelligence, and, directly or indirectly, jeopardizes the work and safety of intelligence workers and their sources.”

The United States Congress has a constitutional responsibility to provide oversight of the executive branch, whether a law has been broken or not. It is time for Congress to fulfill that constitutional responsibility in this matter by initiating a thorough investigation.

We recognize that a criminal investigation is underway and that a special prosecutor continues to present testimony before a grand jury. These actions in no way preclude Congress’ responsibility to provide oversight. We urge you to exercise your authority as Congressional leaders by requesting the appropriate committees to begin oversight hearings and an investigation immediately.


Senators Kerry, Levin, Stabenow, Schumer, Lautenberg, Rockefeller, Reed, Feinstein, Dorgan, Harkin, Kohl, Durbin, Carper, Salazar, Boxer, Inouye, Corzine, Wyden, Mikulski, Obama, Murray, Bayh, Johnson, Clinton, Sarbanes, and Landrieu.

Note – 7 signers of the letter are members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: Rockefeller, Levin, Feinstein, Corzine, Wyden, Mikulski, Bayh. (Rules of Procedure: 1.3 – A special meeting of the Committee may be called at any time upon the written request of five or more members of the Committee filed with the Clerk of the Committee.) Could this possibly leat to a deeper investigation into this issue?

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35 Responses to Kerry, Senators Urge Congressional Investigation Into Leak of CIA Agent Valerie Plame’s Name

  1. Ginny in CO says:

    My “where is your foresight” question in this situation is:

    How many bright, highly qualified individuals who were contemplating a career in intelligence, have decided they could face all the risks except this one?
    (How many of those speak Farsi?)

    It is far worse than the risk of “friendly fire”. At least that’s a mistake, not someone aiming.

    Kerry nails another one. The check and balance part of being elected to Congress is way more important than sports celebrities being stupid.

    Leave no room for someone to label/frame your agenda or intentions. Put up the inarguable reason to suppport the action.

    Doncha just love watching him Kerry On :):):)

    #44 John Forbes Kerry

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  3. karen says:

    The calls to Frist’s office ought to begin immediately. If everyone reading this called, it would make a difference.

    Washington, D.C.:
    Office of Senator Bill Frist
    509 Hart Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    202-228-1264 (fax)

    You can also send faxes.

    Come on, let’s go!

  4. Noisy Democrat says:

    I will definitely call. I’m so, so glad that Kerry is taking the lead on this.

    Totally OT, I wanted to point out to people that I’ve made a Kerry/Edwards tribute vid, using photos, newsclips of rallies, etc. and the song “Bring Me To Life.” There’s a smaller-resolution copy (for playing in a fairly small window) available at this address:

    It looks much nicer in the larger (136MB, sorry!) version, though, which is temporarily available here:

    You can allow that one to play in a larger window than the other one; some clips will still look blurry because that was the nature of the source material I had, but a lot of it will look good even fairly large, and it’s more powerful than the smaller one. Both versions should play on Windows Media Player. I’m still learning how to translate it into other formats, so LMK if you can’t get the larger one to open, etc.

  5. Noisy Democrat says:

    Comments are moderated now? Has there been an outbreak of trolls? 🙂

  6. Noisy Dem

    It automatically moderates for links?

  7. Noisy Dem

    It has now magically appeared! LOL!

  8. Sen. Mikulski is my Senator, and is one of the Select Intelligence members. I’ve called her Legislative Aide to say, in no uncertain terms, that it would be a fundamental violation of the public trust to call a Select Intelligence Committee meeting to “go after” Karl Rove when terrorists are blowing up the London Underground. If the New York police are going to randomly search bags, the DC Metro is next. I want my wife and children to be safe more than I want Karl Rove to lose his job, and I will NOT sit by quietly if I find out the Select Intelligence Committee is ignoring direct threats to national security in order to get Rove.

  9. Ron Chusid says:


    These things are not mutually exclussive. It is possible for the government to take action on terrorism while also investigating abuses on the national security system. Remember, it is the CIA which first requested that this be investigated. The actions which appear to have been committed by Rove have harmed the ability of the CIA to fight terrorism, and we cannot let this go without investigation.

    Considering the degree to which the Bush administration’s policies have increased our risk of terrorism, investigations into their misconduct may also help decrease, not increase, the risk faced by your family.

  10. Ron Chusid says:

    Noisy Dem,

    The blog software attempts to distinguish between real posts and troll posts, but is far from perfect and requires adjustment over time. Therefore real posts will sometimes wind up being moderated. Posts with external links is one factor which increases suspicion, primarily due to spammers who attempt to place ads in blog posts.

  11. Ginny in CO says:

    Thanks Karen,

    You can also go to Frist’s web site and email. There is no direct link, just go to And access his site from there. To contact the House Majority Leader

  12. Scott W. Somerville Says:

    This is a matter of National Security. Of course judging your reaction here and your link, it’s clear you don’t feel that it is.

    Furthermore, have you ever heard of multitasking? Multiple hearing go on all the time.

  13. Ron Chusid says:


    Scott’s name links to a site on home schooling, and such sites tend to come from religious conservatives.

    You would think that they would be smart enough to realize that just because Bush panders to the religious right on some issues, it doesn’t mean Bush has policies which are favorable to them on all.

    Bush’s policies have undermined our national security and increased our risk of terrorist attack. Bush has blocked real attempts at homeland security and fighting al Qaeda. You would think that even the religious right would realize that these polcies are not desirable.

  14. Ron Chusid says:

    In other words, the mind set is they will ignore the fact that the Bush administration has undermined our national security, that an increased number are going without health insurance, and that jobs are being lost over seas in order to have a President who will prevent gay marriage and take away women’s right to choose regarding abortion. Strange priorities.

  15. Ron Chusid says:

    Fortunately some Republicans agree this is a national security issue which should be investigated:

    WASHINGTON – President Bush is jeopardizing national security by not disciplining Karl Rove for his role in leaking the name of a CIA officer, and has hampered efforts to recruit informants in the war on terror, former U.S. intelligence officers say.

    Former CIA analyst Larry Johnson used the Democratic Party’s weekly radio address Saturday to reiterate comments he made Friday to a panel of House and Senate Democrats.

    At that event, Johnson and others expressed great frustration that CIA operative Valerie Plame’s name was made public. Plame is married to former ambassador Joseph Wilson, a critic of Bush’s Iraq policy.

    “Instead of a president concerned first and foremost with protecting this country and the intelligence officers who serve it, we are confronted with a president who is willing to sit by while political operatives savage the reputations of good Americans like Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson,” Johnson said in the radio address.

    Rove’s role
    Johnson, who said he was a registered Republican, said Bush has gone back on his promise to fire anyone at the White House implicated in a leak.

    Federal law forbids government officials from revealing the identity of an undercover intelligence officer.

    Rove, Bush’s deputy chief of staff, told Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper in a 2003 phone call that Wilson’s wife worked for the CIA on weapons of mass destruction issues, according to an account by Cooper in the magazine.

    Rove has not disputed that he told Cooper that Wilson’s wife worked for the agency, but has said through his lawyer that he did not mention her by name.

  16. Karen says:

    There is no higher priority now than to get the leakers out of government immediately. Hearings on the outing of Plame should have started the minute it happened. As the retired officers said Friday–It looks like laws do not provide the immediate remedy needed for this kind of treason. Who leaked to Rove and Libby?

  17. boltar says:

    Strange priorities, especially considering that they are willing to overlook that the Bush administration has borne “false witness” repeatedly. And that a known gay prostitute (Jeff Gannon/James Guckert) had regular access to the White House as a plant in the Press Corps, and according to entry/exit records was spending long periods of time in the White House when there was no press conference going on (suggesting someone in the White House is employing the services of a prostitute).

    This administration has dragged the reputation of conservative Christians through the muck, and their continued support for him has done far more damage to Christendom than anything Bill Clinton ever did.

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  19. Boltar,

    That’s an understatement. LOL!

  20. Karen

    Has DCP started an action alert on this?

  21. Article in the San Francisco Chronicle on this subject with more on today’s press conference and the “Leak Clock” posted in thread above-

    Democratic Senators Press CIA Leak Probe

  22. Nick says:


    As a Marylander who has voted for Mikulski in more than one Senate race, and who has ridden the DC Metro more times than I care to remember, I agree we need to focus on smashing terrorism. Still, its not as though the Sneate Intelligence Committee can’t fuflill its investigatory obligations in hte Plame case and investigate how to protect DC from further terrorists attacks.
    Of course given the fact that the Bush Administration AND the GOP controlled Senate (including the Intelligence Committee) has opposed:
    a. Increasing inspection of cargoes
    b. Increased funding for homeland security until Kerry brought it up during the 2004 campaign
    c. Any energy plan that would wean us off of Saudi oil
    d. Focusing on BOTH railway AND air travel security at the same time

    is it really fair to get upset with the MINORITY party in the Senate? Especially given the fact that leaking intelligence is a far greater hurt to the fight against terrorism than investigating those who do leak illegally.

  23. kj says:

    Scott, your comment is easy to understand when I consider that the person you appear to support, GWB, was not capable of doing anything but blinking his eyes in front of school children for 7 minutes after he heard the words, “America is under attack.”

    Thanks, John Kerry!!! I’m chuffed to read this letter!

  24. Ron Chusid says:


    Not only did Bush waste the first seven minutes, he really did not seem to be in control for another 48 hours.

  25. Ron

    When has Bush ever been in control?

  26. Ron Chusid says:


    I stand corrected. There was no reason for Bush to take control at time of an emergency. That’s not in his job description. I guess I’ve watched too many episodes of West Wing.

  27. Ron

    That’s it… too much West Wing can warp reality.

  28. kj says:

    Yes, too much West Wing can warp reality. And the reality is, Bush was flying around on AF1 on 9/11 without a game plan or a clue where to go or what to do… while Cheney gave the order to shoot down the highjacked planes. The 9/11 Commission report never did find evidence of the phone call that Cheney said he made to Bush to confirm that order. Bush did pose for a couple of ‘pensive’ shots looking out the window of AF1 for an upcoming fundraising letter. So, I guess, he was doing his job that day. Staying out of the way and having a picture taken.

  29. kj says:

    But then, I consider Karl Rove to be a direct threat to national security.

  30. I understand your point about multitasking. I recognize that Senators can and do address multiple issues. I understand that Sen. Pat Roberts wants to hold hearings on protecting covert agents, and I think that’s reasonable.

    Still, from where I sit, it looks like a minority of Senators on the Select Intelligence Committee have the power to call a hearing on any subject they choose, and the only protection we the People have is to object if they appear to be using that minority power for purely partisan purposes. If my Senator, Barbara Mikulski, really thinks America’s security is gravely endangered by Karl Rove’s conversations with journalists, she has every right to cast her vote for hearings on the matter.

    What I’m trying to say is that with 20 British subjects now in police custody and armed bobbies roaming the streets of London, I don’t personally see Rove’s loose lips as a clear and present danger.

    During the sniper attacks a couple of years ago, everybody I knew in the DC area was on maximum alert. You could cut the fear with a knife around here. With bombs going off in the capitol of our #1 ally, folks are on alert again. The average Maryland Metro rider may care more about the violent deaths of Londoners (including innocent Brazilians) than they do about the Rove story (sorry: the Wilson- Plame- Rove- Novak- Libby- Cooper- Bolton- Bush- Fitzgerald- Miller story).

    I could be wrong. I’m open to persuasion. But so far, I’m still persuaded that my Senator should keep the Select Intelligence Committee focused on things that are likely to kill me and my children.

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  33. Democrats and Republicans Says:

    Getting the job done? Uh, yeah right…

    Though I guess outing a covert CIA agent specializing in WMDs can be considered getting the job done. Which I assume you agree with since you commented under this post topic.

    Yes, I guess you could also consider bankrupting the country, wiping your ass repeatedly with the constitution, inept foreign policy resulting in turned the world against us along with many longtime allies, destroying our standing in the world and now know for moral bankruptcy and supporting torture, supporting religious extremism( Christian version), doing nothing to protect our country on 9/11, screwing up the war in Afghanistan and also allowing Osama to escape, attacking Iraq for no reason and then doing everything possible to screw it up afterward, ignoring science and disdain for facts and truth, ruling and campaigning through fear, lies, intolerance, hate and smears “getting the job done”, if you hate this country and everything it once stood for…

    Maybe you were making a joke post?

    The only people who ever say idiotic things like, “At least Bush gets the job done” and “Has there been any other American President in history that has had to deal with so many issues” say such drivel because there is nothing good they can actually say about the Bush administration but the idiots still support him and would even if he killed babies on the front lawn of the White House.

    I also like “He’s resolute” and “You know where he stands” too. Other favorites of mindless Bush supporting parrots who have never had an independent thought and sustain themselves by living off slop they lap up from the right-wing echo chamber.

    Hey did you ever think that maybe the reason that you droolers can’t think of any other president had to deal with so many issues, is perhaps because most of the “issues” are due to the total incompetency of Bush and his Admin in every area. That perhaps most other administrations actually may have been able to prevent some things from occurring or at least prevented them from becoming disasters, instead of with this administration being the cause of so many “issues”? Of course not, then you wouldn’t be a drooler would you…

    God, I loathe you creatures.

  34. Ron Chusid says:

    Is there anything where Bush hasn’t botched things up?

    He screwed up in ignoring the pre 9/11 intelligence. He screwed up the response to 9/11. Even if we should have gone into Iraq it was handled terribly. He’s screwed up on health care. His fiscal policies have left us with record deficits.

    Is there anything Bush has done right? Not that I can think of.