Novak Leak Inquiry Sought

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By: Dave Astor

Ten former intelligence officers asked Congressional leaders to start an inquiry into the naming of an undercover CIA agent in Robert Novak’s column, according to a story in today’s New York Times.

Novak named the operative — wife of former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson — in a July 14 Chicago Sun-Times piece distributed by Creators Syndicate. The leak was seen as White House retaliation for Joseph Wilson’s criticism of the Bush administration’s Iraq policies. In December, the U.S. Justice Department appointed Patrick Fitzgerald to investigate the leak after Attorney General John Ashcroft disqualified himself from the probe.

The ex-intelligence officers requested the Congressional inquiry in a Tuesday letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert and others. According to the Times, the officers don’t see enough progress in the Justice Department investigation and feel the naming of Wilson’s wife was “an unprecedented and shameful event in American history [that] has damaged U.S. national security.”

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