October 20th, 2010
03:28 PM ET
12 years ago

Wilson blasts Cheney as 'traitor'

Washington (CNN) - Former CIA covert operations officer Valerie Plame, whose identity was revealed during a 2003 scandal regarding intelligence gathering prior to the Iraq war, and her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, are speaking out about what happened in the aftermath of the incident.

In an interview with CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer in the Situation Room, while promoting their new movie about their ordeal, "Fair Game," Wilson called Vice President Dick Cheney a "traitor" and claimed Cheney "betrayed the national security of our country" for being involved in leaking Plame's covert identity.

Wilson insists Cheney was involved in the disclosure, although the only person who has admitted to breaking Plame's cover is Richard Armitage, the former Deputy Secretary of State who said he leaked her name inadvertently to journalist Robert Novak

Read more of Blitzer's interview:

BLITZER: Let's talk about some of the people involved. You mentioned some of them. And I want both of you to give me your quick reaction when I mention their names, what you think about them. Dick Cheney.
PLAME: I think he has an extremely dark view of the world. And his idea of the One Percent Doctrine, which was, you know, there - if there's a 1 percent chance of a terrorist attack or something affecting our national security, we're going to do everything to prevent it. And that sounds good, except what it really means is it undermines the very values that we as a country hold dear.
WILSON: Traitor.
BLITZER: "Scooter" Libby.
PLAME: I think he's someone who was doing everything he could to protect his boss, Vice President Cheney. And he was left out to dry.
WILSON: Traitor.
BLITZER: Well, you say that "Scooter" Libby is a traitor and - and Dick Cheney is a traitor. That's a serious word...
WILSON: Absolutely.
BLITZER: And you know, as a diplomat, what that means...
WILSON: Absolutely.
BLITZER: - betrayed...
WILSON: They betrayed...
BLITZER: - the United States...
WILSON: - the national security of our country.

Plame also said that she is unaware of what happened to all of her sources or 'assets,' after her identity was released, and although a CIA damage report was purportedly done, she was unable to see the results.

"That's exactly why it was so insidious, what happened, because it's not just me and my career," Plame said. "That's one thing - but the entire network of assets with whom I've worked with over the years was compromised, was put into jeopardy."

Tune into CNN's The Situation Room at 5 p.m to see more of Wolf Blitzer's interview with Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson.

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Ferret out the B.S.

    Anyone who outs any classified government information or covert agent should be tried as a traitor especially when the country is at war. What makes this incident so bad is that it was more politically motivated than monetarily motivated. The administration never backed up their evidence with corroborating evidence of nuclear material procurement and just took the word of a disgruntled Iraqi even when faced with disagreeing information. Cheney and company should pay the price for these misdeeds.

    October 20, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Insane in the membrane

    What was the motive for exposing plame? I never really followed the story.

    October 20, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. DAS

    Didn't this guys relevance expire about 5 yrs ago?

    October 20, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. china is voting for the republican tea party

    with bush-cheney WH correspondence either went over republican party comm channels or have been sealed, combined with cheney reputation for exclusively back room dealing, its a judgement call based on cheney's integrity or lack of....... so while plame and wilson may be lying....... cheney's all around scumbag character and methods most likely means that he did rat out plame....... remember, this is mr waterboarder who had no qualms about lying about that for years

    October 20, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. sonny chapman

    Hey Insane in the Membrane: the motive for the outing was to scare the crap out of anyone who dared raise legitimate concerns about Cheney/Bush's quest to reshape the world & America into their own twisted vision.

    October 20, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Reynardine Greencastle

    Cheney is a member of the Council for National Policy. Search who else is a member. Blackwater is their army. They picked George W. Bush before the Republican Party did; they picked Sarah Palin before McCain (not a member, but old and shaky) did. The chances are that if the last plane had not been stopped in Pennsylvania, but had decimated the Capitol, they would have supplied the shadow government. Their membership list is now kept secret (it wasn't always), but at least two of the justices who rendered Citizens United are said to be among them. Is Cheney a traitor?... Search!

    October 20, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. joe smith

    all I can say, this information comes at a time just before the elections, persuant to the biggest collapse of one National party, the Democratic, that the media needs to paint the GOP and their former leaders so vile as to try to sway this election..talk about helping to line ones' pockets..

    October 20, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. IHTCF

    "Cheney, Rove, and the entire Bush republican culture of corruption needs to be serving time in GITMO."

    stufthis I agree with you. Though I say let the detainees that were there strip them butt naked with a sack over their heads, electrocute them, make them build pyramids on each other, humiliate them, and oh yeah use Trick Dick II's most favorite form of torture......waterboard them!!! He shouldn't have a problem with that I suppose.

    So sick of these sorry P.O.S. getting away with everything.

    October 20, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. Bill

    Most of you yelling about traitors wouldn't know one even after he blew you up, or sold you out to another country.....

    October 20, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. joe q public

    the real traitor is joe wilson who drank tea with the rats while figuring out a way to undermine the president and vice president of the united states. the real traitor is valerie plame who is trying to make a fortune on the back so the so called "network of assets" who worked with her. according to jim pavitt, former DDO, when questioned by congress on the damage caused by the exposure of plame's cia linkage, there was no risk, she had not served overseas for the previous 5 years and really was not operational in the sense that a real case officer was.
    the real traitor is the congresswoman from california who associates with foreign powers and does their bidding, according to previously published news reports: jane harman. why doesn't wolf blitzer ask her about this?

    October 20, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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