Tuesday, October 07, 2003

For the Record: Slate's Jack Schafer is either an illiterate moron or intentionally out to deceive has an unusual take on the Plame/Wilson relationship. Last Friday, Jack wrote: "Plame's husband, Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd this week that she surrendered her secret identity to him somewhere around the time of their first kiss! If Plame's been sloppy with her identity, should somebody go to jail for leaking it?"

Here's the Dowd column in question. This is the sentence Schafer read, followed immediately by the one he apparently didn't read: "At first she said she was an energy analyst, but confided sometime around the first kiss that she was in the CIA. 'I had a security clearance,' grinned Wilson, then a political adviser to the commander of U.S. forces in Europe."

How hard is it to understand the difference between outing yourself to someone who's been cleared to know your status and outing someone else to a half-dozen reporters and columnists?

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