Hat tip to Viceroy's Fuguestate for this link.
My experience with the CIA has never been positive. I came from a military background where integrity is the most important thing ever. But the CIA guys that I knew lied so oftem that I don't think that they ever knew the truth about anything. This is not to say that they weren't all charming and intelligent, but you could never trust them for anything, not even their real name.
My favorite story about the CIA was when there was an earthquake in Nicuarauga, and the Sandinistas blamed the CIA for it. The CIA public affairs office said "I can neither confirm nor deny that we caused the earthquake." What a hoot, no one has the capability of starting an earthquake, but they were willing and hoping that people would think that they might.
The CIAs failures of late have been without parallel. They missed on Pakistan getting a nuke, missed the actual strength of the Soviet Union, got it wrong about WMDs in Iraq, totally blew 9-11 and they still want people to think they know what they are doing.
What is really interesting about the Plame kerfluffle, is why send Joe Wilson? Why not just use the CIA station chief for Niger? Why an amateur, who doesn't know what he is doing?
There are too many questions here to let it go. Unfortunately, since Bush is in the crosshairs, I doubt that it will be fully investigated.