- The latest neocon spin is not only to attack Special
Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald in the CIA Leakgate scandal but also to
dredge up old canards that Valerie Plame and her Brewster Jennings &
Associates counter-proliferation non-official cover (NOCs) team were somehow
merely "desk clerks." According to well informed intelligence
officials, nothing could be further from the truth. The fact remains that
CIA clandestine operatives have been and continue to be disparaged and
put in danger by the Pentagon's neocon cell that operates as a parallel
and unsupervised operation inside the Policy and Plans directorate.
- The Pentagon cell, now led by Dick Cheney loyalist Eric
Edelman, the replacement for Douglas Feith, owes its first allegiance to
the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) and other neo-con policy
contrivances and apparatuses. Its mandate from Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld is to clip the wings of the CIA and other long standing intelligence
- The CIA's Damage Assessment Report on Leakgate has been
termed "devastating" by a number of sources familiar with the
harm the White House leak caused for the CIA's complicated and sensitive
network of NOCs, case officers, informants in "denied countries"
(hostile intelligence locations), private businessmen, diplomats, United
Nations and IAEA technical personnel, and double agents.
- According to U.S. intelligence sources, it is also clear
that the Pentagon's Strategic Support Branch of active duty and contract
former Special Forces personnel and foreign special operations personnel
purposely put in danger CIA assets who were in a position to throw cold
water on a range of neo-con pre-conceived policy pillars, including Iranian
and Iraqi weapons of mass destruction production and possession.
- In February 2005, while the neo-cons were rattling the
sabers with Iran, a CIA team made contact with Iranians across the northern
Afghan border inside Iran. This border area is extremely remote and porous.
Afghan Uzbeks loyal to ex-Communist warlord General Abdul Rashid Dostum,
whose base of operations is Mazar-e-Sharif, are involved in a number of
cross-border operations, including arms and heroin smuggling. It was through
this network of Uzbeks and Iranians that the CIA was able to obtain documents
on Iran's nuclear program, information that proved that Iran's nuclear
capability had still not achieved weapons-grade status. That, of course,
is not what the neocons in the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans and a
sister unit in the Israeli Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem wanted
- On February 3, 2005, after having secured sensitive documents
on Iran's nuclear program, two CIA agents boarded a Kam Air Boeing 737-200
flight from Herat, near the Iranian border, to Kabul. The agents were anxious
to get the documents to Langley. They and the documents never made it.
- The Boeing crashed at an altitude of 11,000 feet on the
summit of Chaperi Mountain, 20 miles east of Kabul. The plane's 104 passengers
and crew, including the two CIA agents, were killed. Although the Pentagon's
web site claims the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force made
several attempts to look for survivors by helicopter but that these efforts
were unsuccessful. In reality, a Pentagon Strategic Support Branch team
did land at the crash site and found the bodies of the two CIA agents and
grabbed the Iranian documents and quickly departed before Afghan ground
troops appeared on the scene.
- February 2005 Kam Air crash scene in Afghanistan. Vital
intelligence crucial to CIA's analysis of Iran nuclear program lost along
with two valuable agents. Indications that the CIA agents were another
casualty of treasonous White House leaks about the CIA
- Curiously, even though the documents recovered by the
Pentagon team from the bodies of the CIA agents were intact, the cockpit
voice recorder was never recovered. In addition, the flight recorder's
previous 25 hours of data prior to the crash was erased. Afghan Transport
Minister Enayatullah Qasemi said the cause of the crash was a mystery.
Add to the mystery the fact that General Dostum, the reported owner of
Kam Air, was appointed Chief of Staff of the Afghan Armed Forces in March.
It was an appointment that surprised many U.S. intelligence and foreign
policy observers. Another layer of intrigue was a reported assassination
attempt against Dostum in Shebergan a few days before the Kam Air crash.
Although the Taliban claimed responsibility, it was reported that Dostum,
unlike other Afghan leaders, maintained a degree of contact with ousted
Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar.
- Kam Air, which began operations in November 2003 and
which used Boeings and Russian-built Antonovs, as well as Russian crews,
was also believed to have links to the international Russia-based weapons
smuggler Viktor Bout. Kam Air's aircraft came from Bout's international
fleet of planes. In addition to its domestic routes, Kam Air flew from
Kabul to Dubai and Istanbul. A U.S. embassy spokeswoman in Kabul confirmed
that there were six Americans on the plane but she declined to provide
- The loss of the Iranian documents was another body blow
for the CIA. It had already suffered the loss (by execution) of one high
level agent as a result of the CIA leak and a number of its informants
were rolled up by counter-espionage services.
- Given the connections between Dostum, Bout, Afghan heroin
and weapons smugglers and their networks in Turkey and the Balkans, the
Russian-Ukrainian-Israeli Mafia (RUIM) based in Switzerland, Russia, and
Israel, and Scooter Libby, it would appear that Valerie Plame and her network
were targeted by key White House and Pentagon players as part of a much
larger attempt to disable the CIA in its pursuit of not only WMD proliferation
but also a network of money laundering and weapons of limited destruction
and drug smuggling with tentacles reaching deep inside the Bush administration.