In his much publicized "60 Minutes" interview tonight, tied to his new book, former CIA director George Tenet flatly called the outing of one of his employees, Valerie Plame, "big time wrong."Ten points for you if you chose, "fair game." The country's intelligence officers are not fair game, says Tenet.
"She's one of my officers," Tenet said. "That's wrong. Big time wrong, you don't get to do that. And the chilling effect that you have inside my work force is, 'Whoa, now officers names are being thrown out the door. Hold it. Not right.'"
Asked how much damage that did, Tenet said: "That's not the point. Just because there's a Washington bloodletting game going on here and just because her husband's out there saying what he's saying. The country's intelligence officers are not fair game. Period. That's all you need to know."
"They didn't seem to know that in the White House," Scott Pelley of "60 Minutes" observed.
"I'm done with it. I've just told you what I think," Tenet said.
Guess who that is directed toward? Yep, here's betting that once again, Karl Rove is being fingered as the source of all things nefarious emanating out of the White House. Because we know Karl Rove told Chris Matthews that Plame was "fair game."
Coincidence that Tenet uses that phrase to sternly rebuke the outing?