The Plame affair (also known as the CIA leak scandal and Plamegate) was a political scandal that revolved around journalist Robert Novak's public identification of Valerie Plame as a covert Central Intelligence Agency officer in 2003
I've got a Secret Agent
GK: Hello, Mr. President.
GW: Well, hello there, good citizen. I'll call you Garry. How's that?
GK: I'd prefer not.
GW: No problem, Garry.
GK: What brings you here, sir?
GW: I'm scooping out the area, Garry. I'm investigating. There're people out there giving out the name of our spies. And not just their nicknames, their real names. And I want it stopped.
GK: Oh, yes, I was reading about that.
GW: I mean, how unpatriotic is that, exposing your top field operatives to the enemy?
GK: And by enemy, you mean the press.
GW: Ex-at-a-many, Keill-meister. And I'm not talking about that fun radio and cable press, I mean those writer-types.
GK: Well, it's my understanding that the reporter who printed the name was a person who was friendly with the administration.
GW: Maybe. But he's a writer-type, always writing those things there in the paper with the letters and such.
GW: You got it, Mr. PHC. Can't trust those folks. You shouldn't be allowed to name CIA agents like Mrs. Wilson or Tom Gilpin of Meadow Falls, New Jersey.
GK: Tom Gilpin?
GW: A good man. No, we have to keep these people's identities a secret, you know, like Superman or Clark Kent.
GK: Clark Kent is Superman.
GW: Beg Pardon?
GK: They are one in the same.
GK: Wow, indeed.
GW: How is our CIA supposed to do its job if we tell everyone and their brother that Sally Shepard in Los Angeles is a spy working for us.
GK: Should you be talking about her?
GW: She's a great gal. Do you know how many of our enemies deal with her and have no idea she's a spy?
GK: I'm guessing that number will drop off now.
GW: Even if you're not patriotic, on a basic economic level, you shouldn't tell people the names of our spies. I mean, we spend lots and lots of money to train Jack Keller down there in Miami to become a spy and then we ruin his ability to spy on people. That's wasted money. I hate wasted money.
GK: We on Public Radio are aware of that.
GW: But on the other hand, everyone knows James Bond is a secret agent yet he's able to do his job okay.
GK: James Bond is a work of fiction.
GW: Fiction. Oh, like my Iraq policy.
GK: Quite similar, only about a half as entertaining.
GW: Well, while I'm in town, I'm getting a bunch of our secret agents together to warn them about possible leaks, so Janet Sales, Lyle Benjamin, Glenn Takinson, if you're listening, we're going to be contacting you to warn you about security leaks that might expose you.
GK: I'm glad we could be of service.
GW: You're good folk, Gar-abaldi.
GK: Thank you, sir.