CIA Leak

Central Intelligence Agency
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A syndicated columnist is defending his disclosure of an undercover CIA officer's name.

Bob Novak admits he revealed the officer's name, even after an agency official told him not to. But Novak says he was never warned that naming Valerie Plame would "endanger her or anybody else."

Plame is the wife of a former U.S. envoy sent by the CIA to look into whether Iraq was trying to acquire nuclear materials in Africa.

Novak broke his silence on the controversial case in a column today. His comments come two years after he first disclosed Plame's identity in an article citing two senior Bush administration officials as sources.

Plame's husband claims the leak was retribution for his criticism of the Bush administration.