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bridge_fitz_small.jpgAccording to the New York Post, Valerie Wilson is leaving the CIA:

Plame, 42, wife of Iraq war critic Joseph Wilson, will retire next month from the CIA after 20 years tracking proliferators of weapons of mass destruction, CIA officials confirmed.


Friends and colleagues told The Post the leak scandal forced Plame, mother of 5-year-old twins, to leave the CIA early because the exposure effectively ended her spying career.

She remained at the CIA for the past year in order to be eligible for a full government pension.

"She doesn’t know yet what she will do other than to devote herself 100 percent to the twins. I think she always wanted to keep going — doing both. She loved her work," longtime friend Jane Honikman said.

"But her life was turned upside down. She was going into work and nobody was talking to her," Honikman said.

Robert Novak may have cussed his way off CNN, but he still has his column. Scooter Libby has a $5 million defense fund from his rich Republican den of thieves friends. Karl Rove is still working at the White House with full security clearance.

That Patrick Fitzgerald, the country’s leading expert in prosecuting terrorists, is now prosecuting this case strikes some as ironic.

There is nothing ironic about it.

Update: Larry Johnson says that Valerie is, indeed, resigning on December 9, when she will have completed 20 years of service.

(graphic courtesy Monk at Inflatable Dartboard, and hat tip to emptywheel in the comments)

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