Sunday, December 04, 2005

MSNBC: Rita Crosby Live & Direct

Monday, October 31, 2005

Guests: Darryl Schnell, Thomas James, Helge Hellberg, Martin Lewis, Georgia James, Jim Marcinkowsky, Melissa Boyle Mahle, Ron Fischetti, John Baeza, Steve Huff

Read the Transcript

RITA COSBY, HOST: Good evening, everybody...

But first tonight, some big news coming out of Washington, D.C. President Bush nominates Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, as he still faces many questions concerning the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame‘s identity. Some say tonight that the president was just trying to change the subject away from that scandal...

COSBY: And joining me now is Jim Marcinkowsky, who trained with Valerie Plame, and also Melissa Boyle Mahle. She‘s a former CIA spy, and she‘s the author of a book called “Denial and Deception: An Insider‘s View of the CIA From Iran-Contra to 9/11.”

COSBY: You know, and how detrimental, Melissa, when something like a Brewster Jennings is let out? Because I would imagine a lot of agents use that as their cover.

MAHLE: Well, I tell you, when you start exposing how—what kinds of covers that the CIA uses in whether business or whatever, you start setting a trail that bad guys can follow and say, Hey, let‘s look at these kind of companies and see what—you know, Maybe we can find some more agents.

COSBY: Well, that‘s what I was going to say. There‘s a huge rippling effect, right, Melissa?

MAHLE: Yes, and I think that‘s one of the things that really concerns the CIA because we need to protect our agents and our officers if we‘re going to be able to achieve our mission.

COSBY: You know, Melissa, you worked as a female spy in the Middle East. What was that like? And how dangerous was it?

MAHLE: Listen, I was a counterterrorism officer. I worked in the Middle East. My cover was extremely important to me because I depended on it for hiding my identity so I could protect myself, my family and my agents.


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