If you have dived into some of CIA's problematic behavior in the War on Terror, you will keep hearing about this mysterious red headed lady who seems to be involved in several of the major intelligence screwups of the era, from the incompetent interrogations & torture of various high level al Qaeda people, to the double agent who killed a bunch of CIA agents in Afghanistan, to the infamous decisions at CIA to prohibit the FBI from knowing about hijackers al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar heading to the US with visas, well before 9/11.
Now, we know who the red-headed lady is. Ray Nowosielski and John Duffy at
have figured it out, using, apparently, "Savvy internet searches based on minimal background details" and interviews with various knowledgable people. They were planning to tell us her name with the release of their documentary, "Who is Rich Blee?"
Of course, the CIA objects to the 'outing' of a working CIA agent (unless it is Valerie Plame?). Ray and John have responded that the continued employment of "Frances" is the greater threat - they describe it as a "public safety" issue.
For now, they have decided to not release her identity. Then again, you would think, if it only took Ray and John some ordinary web searches to find her, then someone else out there could probably do the same. In fact, the Bad Guys probably already have.
Update: I realize many other journalists probably know the red headed woman's identity, or they know sources who know her. None of them have contemplated as seriously the notion of releasing that identity to the world, stated how easy it is to find her, or given her link to the Mihdhar / Hazmi debacle. She was in a management position at CIA's Alec Station during months when the information could have been passed on.