Tue, Oct 07, 2003 - Page 6 News List

Outed CIA agent worries about safety

AP , WASHINGTON

The former US diplomat whose wife's identity as a CIA officer was disclosed by officials in US President George W. Bush's administration said Sunday that the leak has put her life in danger, and the federal government is not protecting her.

"There have been a number of other people who've come out and suggested that perhaps this does make her a target," Joseph Wilson said.

"We, of course, as a consequence of that, have begun to rethink our own security posture," he told CBS television.

Shortly after Wilson published an article challenging the administration's rationale for war in Iraq, syndicated columnist Robert Novak identified Wilson's wife as a CIA operative.

Wilson said it was his position on Iraq that prompted the leak, now the subject of a US Justice Department investigation. The Bush administration deadline to turn over documents that might help the investigation is today.

Wilson complained that "nobody has offered security from the government, although my wife is a long-standing US government employee."

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