Saturday, July 10, 2004

Joseph Wilson , Yellowcake and Lies

Joseph Wilson, the husband of "exposed" CIA officer Valarie Plame, has some explaining to do to the American people. Last year he became a media darling by publicly claiming that the White House had manipulated evidence regarding the Iraqi attepts to purchase yellowcake from Niger. He had been the person dispatched to Niger to explore that possibility for the Bush Administration (although he was very partisan and openly critical of the Bush Administration). He was interviewed by all of the usual suspects, wrote an article for the New York Times (pulled from one of many leftest websites that displayed the article) and eventually wrote a book (one of a long line of Bush bashing books) in which he repeated his assertion that the White House manipulated the evidence. In the mean time, it has been claimed that someone in the Bush Administration leaked his wife's name to Robert Novak of the Chicago Sun-Times. Apparently at the time his wife's name was classified. The leak of her name under certain circumstances could be considered a crime. Joseph Wilson has claimed that his wife's name was leaked as revenge by the White House for his public repudiation of the now famous "sixteen words" from the President's State of the Union speech in which the President referred to British intelligence regarding yellowcake. He also claimed in interviews and in his book that his wife had nothing to do with his selection to make the trip to Niger.

The release of the Senate report on pre-war Iraq intelligence yesterday was very bad news for Joseph Wilson. The report found that many of the public statements Joseph Wilson made in an attempt to damage the Bush Administration were false. The Senate report actually offers backing for the claim that Iraq tried to purchase yellowcake from Niger. In fact, the panel found that Wilson's report actually bolstered the case rather than debunking it, as he has repeatedly claimed. The panel also found that his wife, Valarie Plame, played a direct role in his selection to travel to Niger:

The report states that a CIA official told the Senate committee that Plame "offered up" Wilson's name for the Niger trip, then on Feb. 12, 2002, sent a memo to a deputy chief in the CIA's Directorate of Operations saying her husband "has good relations with both the PM [prime minister] and the former Minister of Mines (not to mention lots of French contacts), both of whom could possibly shed light on this sort of activity." The next day, the operations official cabled an overseas officer seeking concurrence with the idea of sending Wilson, the report said

This is in direct contradiction with what Wilson has said:

"Valerie had nothing to do with the matter," Wilson wrote in a memoir published this year. "She definitely had not proposed that I make the trip."

Hmm. This may be a major blow to the "Leakgate" case involving his wife. The panel also found that Joseph Wilson had provided misleading information to the Washington Post. Regarding that, Wilson stated that he may have "misspoken".

Joseph Wilson has been exposedlike Richard Clarke before him, as a partisan hack with an agenda. They are able to spread their lies because the media shares their agenda. The Senate panel found that CIA analysis regarding stockpiles of weapons was inaccurate, and that this inaccurate information was given to the President as well as the Congress before the war. The panel also found that the White did not pressure intelligence officials into conclusions that fit a certain agenda. The more important question that needs to be asked is why this report, which will undoubtedly be damaging to our efforts in the War on Terror, was made public at this time. The fact that some of the intelligence that lead to war was faulty did not need tpo be sent around the world, where it will undoubtedly be manipulated to feed anti-American propaganda.

Frequent visitors to A Time For Choosing will not be surprised by the panels findings on yellowcake. Reports on the findings of a British investigation were posted here earlier this week, and other posts (here)in the past few weeks have also referred to the yellowcake investigation.