Why are we all supposed to be excited about the Valerie Plame affair? She wasn't covert at the time and her actual name apparently was not mentioned. But the press is all in high dudgeon and CIA types are crawling up into the sunlight of press attention to condemn the "outing" of a CIA agent.
I think the opinion here probably explains a lot. It's worth a read.
Maybe Rove needs to be fired; maybe not. But certainly the CIA needs to be pruned of careerists who don't produce anything except entries on their personnel files. And clowns.