The Law: What Can You Say About A Spy?

In 1982 Ronald Reagan signed the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, making it a federal crime, under certain circumstances, to reveal the identity of a covert U.S. operative. The act remained mostly dormant until special counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald was appointed in December 2003 to determine whether anyone in the Bush Administration broke the law by telling journalists that Valerie Plame, the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, an opponent of the Iraq war, was a CIA officer.

•WHAT DOES THE LAW ACTUALLY LEGISLATE?

The law is split into three sections, and you really have to work to be in violation of...

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