Saturday, May 31, 2014

CIA cover in Afghanistan blown; Plame looks at whether this is a big deal

Valerie Plame, the former CIA officer who was “outed” as loosely shown in the film “Fair Game” (Movie reviews, Nov. 5, 2010, TV review Oct. 22, 2007) discusses the “accidental” revelation of a CIA station chief in Afghanistan in the Daly Beast, here   calling it “colossally stupid”.
Valerie Plame worked "NOC" cover jobs in her own career, as outlined in the Wikipedia article here

Plame has a new novel, “Blowback” (not to be confused with a 2000 film of that name), and there is a lot of talk about NOC’s (non-official covers) vs. OC’s.   NOC’s work in cover jobs not connected to government of the host country, possibly even domestically sometimes.  But as Snowden suggested, a lot of intelligence work is electronic, is done by analysts who watch the fort from home, and depends much less on “recruiting assets” than in the past (although a lot of this still happens on the ground in countries in civil or tribal conflict or with weak governments).  But, of course, you might have to infiltrate to learn of a major plot. But you could stumble onto something like that in a bar.   

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