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We always knew Tom DeLay suffered from reality separation syndrome but his latest claim that Valerie Plame “was not a CIA agent” is way out there even for him.
From the transcript of a “Hardball interview by Chris Matthews of disgraced former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay:
Matthews: You said you were against leaking
Delay: You said something that Karl Rove is not being commited of, convicted ofÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Matthews: He never denied it, and nobody is going to contest it. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s public record that he leaked.
Delay: ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just you saying that he is guilty.
Matthews: I am not saying itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a crime. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m saying he leaked.
Delay: How do you know he leaked?
Matthews: Because itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the public record now that he leaked (laughs in frustration)! That doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t bother you?
Delay: No! Leaking national security secrets at a time of war is outrageous and shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be done.
Matthews: But not the identity of a CIA agent?
Delay: We can spend an hour on that. Valerie Plame was not a CIA agent.
Matthews: What was she?
Delay: (dismissively) She was behind a desk over at Langley.
Matthews: But was her classification undercover? She deep background?
Delay: Yes, but she was not an out-in-the field CIA agent, and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what the law is all about.