The Los Angeles Times printed an op-ed from the despicable Philip Agee yesterday [*], in which he explained why it was good to reveal the identities of CIA agents when he was doing it, because he was doing it for a good reason, but bad to reveal the identities of CIA agents when the Bush Administration did it, because the Bush Administration did it in support of a “neo-imperialist” agenda.
But don’t worry, moral clarity abounds at both extremes. The Wall Street Journal thinks that it was bad when Agee and other “hard-left types” revealed the identities of our secret intelligence-gatherers, but that when the Bush Administration does the same thing it advances the public’s “right to know.”
As long as that’s clear.
P.s. The Times is catching flack for giving Agee space, but I think his piece effectively criticizes itself.