John Dean on Valerie Plame

John Dean, in his column at FindLaw *, gives a thorough analysis of the Plame affair and the relevant law. He argues that the Espionage Act of 1917 would apply, and cites the Morrison case (an analyst went to prison for selling three classified photographs to a magazine, even though there was no evidence that he had any intention to damage the national security) as precedent. Dean also notes that a low-level CIA clerk spent two years in prison under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, which almost certainly applies to the facts of the Plame case, for something she told her boyfriend.

The bottom line: Dean thinks that the Plame Affair, and the insouciance with which the White House is treating it, reflect a more-than-Nixonian depth of depravity.

Thread starts here. My summary here.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com