A classified memo issued by the State Dept makes it clear that Valerie Plame was a CIA employee who was working on covert operations (or at least that her identity was covert).
A classified State Department memorandum central to a federal leak investigation contained information about CIA officer Valerie Plame in a paragraph marked “(S)” for secret, a clear indication that any Bush administration official who read it should have been aware the information was classified, according to current and former government officials.
The legal aspect of this is important. But the political angle is the one to watch. As I’ve explained before, the public appetite for this scandal will ultimately come down to one key issue: Will Plame be viewed a desk worker whose outing was bad form (and illegal), but no threat to national security. Or were lives and covert operations put at risk?
If the latter is the general view, keep your hands and feet in because this is going to be a wild ride.