On July 14, 2003, “journalist” Robert Novak revealed the name of undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame in print after speaking to a White House official. The agent’s husband, former US Ambassador Joseph Wilson IV, had publicly challenged President Bush’s claim that Iraq had tried to buy uranium ore from Africa — exposing yet another misleading rationale for war.

While causing consternation among some CIA and Administration officials (“Clearly it was meant purely and simply for revenge,” a senior Administration official said of the alleged leak. (Washington Post, 9/28/03)), it has not yet caused a change of conscience among the leaker — or the man who endangered US national security assets by publishing the name, one Robert Novak.

We don’t need to wait for John Ashcroft and George Bush to find the leaker who is on the loose. One man knows. And he should come clean. He is not a journalist. He is an ideologue. And most of all, he is a traitor.