...You see, al-Qaeda and its ilk rarely try to kill CIA agents - or anyone else who can fight back. What these cowards do is kill people who have worked with U.S. agents.
You can imagine the conversation: "Hmm, that Valerie Plame who visited here turns out to be a CIA agent. Didn't she hang out at Hamid's coffee shop a lot?"
Next day, Hamid's body turns up, along with the bodies of his wife and family, all of whom were tortured to death before his eyes.
That's the way our enemies play the game. That's why we train brave men and women like Valerie Plame so America can fight back.
The outing of Plame may have been technically legal, as the commutation of Libby's sentence undoubtedly was. But our supreme law, the U.S. Constitution, still defines treason as giving aid and comfort to our enemies in time of war...
And that's exactly what what Armitage, Cheney, Libby and Novak did.