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Examining the Intelligence Identities Protection Act

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Examining the Intelligence Identities Protection Act

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Examining the Intelligence Identities Protection Act

Examining the Intelligence Identities Protection Act

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White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove has come under tough scrutiny from special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, who is investigating the leaking of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity.

Identifying a CIA officer who is undercover has been a crime since 1982 when President Reagan signed the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. Victoria Toensing was chief counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee and helped frame the law. She discusses and clarifies several points of the act.