Valerie Plame asserts that yes, she really was “covert” after all; Andy McCarthy insists she must be confused about what her own status was.
Oh, also, “a zillion people a day” saw her go in and out of CIA HQ? This seems… dubious. I was in a car that took a wrong turn at the CIA exit in Virginia once, and we got a mini interrogation and ID check before they even let us turn around and get back on the highway. I don’t think they just let any old person hang out by the main buildings and scope out who’s coming and going.