Cohen’s Clarification: Not A Serious Matter

In today’s Washington Post, Richard Cohen provides this “clarification” to his October 13 column:

A number of readers, some of them formerly of the CIA, got the impression from my last column that I don’t consider the outing of a covert employee a serious matter. I do.

How did anyone get that idea? From Cohen’s 10/13 column:

The alleged crime involves the outing of Valerie Plame, a CIA operative… Not nice, but it was what Washington does day in and day out…This is rarely considered a crime.

If Cohen thinks outing a covert operative is a “serious matter” he would support Fitzgerald’s criminal investigation. Instead he urged Fitzgerald, before the investigation is even complete, to “go home.” No further clarification is needed.