Plame's outing was a slow bleed
As noted in our article today, the outing of Plame was not a "code red" issued from the White House or the Office of the Vice President. Instead, Plame's outing was a "slow bleed" operation, removing any remaining secrecy surrounding her affiliation with the CIA. It was an operation fearlessly spearheaded by Joe Wilson with at least tacit approval from Plame.
We certainly hope to hear directly from Plame on this. But we wonder if a clue is her own insouciance with her CIA affiliation when she revealed to Wilson that she was undercover in the CIA, early in their relationship, even while Wilson was still married to his second wife.