How "covert" are you if you drive to CIA headquarters in Langley in your own car after dropping the kids at school? Every day? And would you be at a cocktail party with your husband, who introduces you as his "secret agent" wife? And would you allow pictures of yourself at said party to be published in a national magazine? Even if the name of your employer was not common knowledge, as Plame claims, would anyone know at all if you were truly a "covert operative?"
The media, and even supposedly right-wing Fox News, all refer to Plame as a "covert operative" of the CIA who has been "outed." If she was really covert, she would be working for some company, which may or may not be a CIA front, with what is commonly known as a "cover" identity. The point is, she was just another mid-level employee at Langley, helping the bureaucracy to churn.
And the proper term is "blown cover," not "outed." No one has said she is gay.
I can't believe anyone falls for this nonsense.