U.S. Senate reviews spy cover system

July 25, 2005 at 11:16 AM

WASHINGTON, July 25 (UPI) -- Following the leak of a CIA agent's name, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee will have hearings on spy agencies' methods of identity protection.

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., the chairman of the committee, told CNN there was concern based on the media disclosure in 2003 of Valerie Plame, a CIA operative since 1975.

Plame's job was revealed in a column by syndicated columnist Robert Novak on July 14, 2003, eight days after her husband, Joseph Wilson, publicly accused the White House of twisting intelligence to exaggerate the threat from Iraq and justify war.

Roberts said the committee was "going to go into quite a series of hearings in regard to cover," and called the name leak "a very serious matter."

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