B757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1265 times:
Joe Wilson is a proven liar.
New look at Bush's `16 words' By Jeff Jacoby, Globe Columnist | July 11, 2004
LAST YEAR at this time, the media were in full scandal mode over 16 words that President Bush had spoken nearly six months earlier.
"The British government has learned," Bush had said in his State of the Union address in January, "that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."
A furor erupted over that statement when a CIA consultant and ex-diplomat named Joseph Wilson, who had gone to Niger in 2002 to look into the matter, publicly claimed that the charge wasn't true. The White House agreed that the line shouldn't have been in Bush's speech, but far from quelling the uproar, that admission only intensified it.
Late last month, the Financial Times reported that, according to European intelligence agencies, Iraq was one of five countries negotiating with smugglers in Niger for the illegal purchase of uranium yellowcake. "These claims support the assertion made in the British government dossier . . . that Iraq sought to buy uranium from an African country," the Financial Times reported in a front-page story on June 27. For some reason, though, the US media showed virtually no interest in that revelation. (One exception: columnist William Safire in The New York Times.)
A few days ago, the Financial Times was back with more news: An independent British commission investigating the government's use of intelligence during the runup to the war in Iraq, the paper reported on Wednesday, "is expected to conclude that Britain's spies were correct to say that Saddam Hussein's regime sought to buy uranium from Niger."
(I linked to another site instead of the FT since it requires registration.)
Then we get into the DNC hack Joe Wilson who went to Niger to try and find some yellowcake but claimed that Bush lied and that everyone from Bush to Bush's cat India "outted" his CIA Analyst wife, Valerie Plame. Wilson has always denied this while at the same time attending rallies with John F'ing Kerry. Well, the Senate Intelligence Report says that it was Plame who recommended Wilson for the mission to Niger and that Wilson's report is full of holes.
Panel finds holes in envoy's report
Senate committee says Joseph Wilson was recommended to Niger mission by wife, a CIA employee
BY SUSAN SCHMIDT
THE WASHINGTON POST
July 11, 2004
WASHINGTON - Former ambassador Joseph Wilson, dispatched by the CIA in February 2002 to investigate reports that Iraq sought to reconstitute its nuclear weapons program with uranium from Africa, was specifically recommended for the mission by his wife, a CIA employee, contrary to what he has said publicly.
The report turns a harsh spotlight on what Wilson has said about his role in gathering intelligence. It asserts that his wife, CIA employee Valerie Plame, recommended him.
Plame's role could be significant in an ongoing investigation into whether a crime was committed when her name and employment were disclosed to reporters last summer.
The report may bolster the rationale that administration officials provided the information not to intentionally expose an undercover CIA employee, but to call into question Wilson's bona fides as a weapons investigator. To charge anyone with a crime, prosecutors need evidence that exposure of a covert officer was intentional.
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 CIA operations official 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."