The disclosure marked a rare instance in which a CIA officer working overseas had his cover — the secrecy meant to protect his actual identity — pierced by his own government. The only other recent case came under significantly different circumstances, when former CIA operative Valerie Plame was exposed as officials of the George W. Bush administration sought to discredit her husband, a former ambassador and fierce critic of the decision to invade Iraq.
Well, slight differences:
- Plame was in US driving in to CIA HQ at Langley every day, she was NOT undercover!
- She was NOT "exposed" at all, she was NOT undercover!! Her name coming out was completely unrelated to any "attempt to discredit her husband". Not that it would take any work to "discredit him", his "report" to the CIA was 180 degrees at odds with what he published in the New Yorker! The whole "discredit / punish his wife" was a media / TP fabrication that was in fact proven false by all the Special Council crap ... the person that "inadvertently gave her name" was Richard Armitage, State Department --