Since the White House leaked the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame, the spouses of other career diplomats overseas have been tracked as possible spies by foreign counterintelligence agencies, said her husband, former U.S. diplomat Joseph Wilson.
"A number of my foreign service colleagues have told me ... that they've found that their spouses are being followed around by the domestic security services as a consequence of this story. So their spouses are now seen as potential targets for domestic security services overseas," Wilson said today night on the CNN news network.
Wilson did not provide any further details, or hint at which countries or foreign spy services he was referring to. Wilson, a former U.S. ambassador to Niger, traveled there on behalf of the CIA in 2002 to investigate claims that Iraq tried to buy uranium yellowcake.
The leak about Plame's work for the CIA came after Wilson wrote a New York Times opinion piece critical of the pre-Iraq War intelligence claims that Baghdad was building a nuclear weapons program, in part with yellowcake uranium obtained from Niger, which he had found were false.
Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was indicted Friday by a federal prosecutor for lying about his role in leaking Plame's identity in 2003. The prosecutor found that Libby was the source of the leak, not someone who merely heard it as gossip.
The indictment said that Cheney told Libby that Plame worked at the CIA. Her position was then published in a column by conservative Washington journalist Robert Novak. Wilson also elaborated on comments he had made Sunday on CBS News that his household had been threatened.
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