Plame Says Bush Administration Treated Her Identity 'Recklessly'

Capitol Hill (AP) -- Outed CIA operative Valerie Plame says the leak of her identity was done "carelessly and recklessly" by senior officials at the White House and State Department.

Plame calls it a "terrible irony" that her cover was blown by administration officials. She testified today before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

In response to a question, plume said future foreign agents might think twice before working with the CIA if it becomes clear the government can't even protect the identities of people like her.

The scandal and subsequent investigation led to the recent perjury and obstruction-of-justice conviction of Vice President Cheney's former top aide, Lewis Libby.

Democrats are questioning whether the Bush Administration mishandled classified information. No one has been charged with leaking Plame's identity.

It's the first time Plame has publicly answered questions about the case.

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