WAITING FOR LARRY….I understand that the right wing slime machine is gearing up to take shots at Larry Johnson, the ex-CIA analyst who’s been venting his outrage over the Plame affair all over TV for the past couple of days. So I was amused to learn that after 9/11 he was hired as an expert commentator on counterterrorism by….the right wing slime machine itself: Fox News.

Here’s what they had to say about him:

From 1985 through September 1989 Mr. Johnson worked for the Central Intelligence Agency. During his distinguished career, he received training in paramilitary operations, worked in the Directorate of Operations, served in the CIA?s Operation?s Center, and established himself as a prolific analyst in the Directorate of Intelligence. In his final year with the CIA he received two Exceptional Performance Awards.

Mr. Johnson routinely analyzes terrorist incidents for TV, radio, and print, including the Jim Lehrer News Hour, CNN, National Public Radio, ABC?s Nightline, NBC, the New York Times, and the BBC. Mr. Johnson has authored several articles for publications, including Security Management magazine, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times.

Hmmm, sounds like a pretty standup guy ? although those BBC and NPR gigs are mighty suspicious, aren’t they? I wonder what they’ll come up with?

UPDATE: Eric Tam notes that there’s already been a fairly idiotic attempt to claim that he’s a liar. He swats it down here. Yes, when Johnson said that the 40-year-old Plame had been undercover for “three decades,” he just meant the 80s, 90s, and 00s. I believe he already cleared that up today on Buchanan & Press anyway.

But I’m sure the slime machine will have more tomorrow.

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