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Saturday, July 10, 2004
Senate Report Contradicts Wilson

By Steven Taylor @ 10:34 am

Plame’s Input Is Cited on Niger Mission

Former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, 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.

[…]

Wilson’s assertions - both about what he found in Niger and what the Bush administration did with the information - were undermined yesterday in a bipartisan Senate intelligence committee report.

The panel found that Wilson’s report, rather than debunking intelligence about purported uranium sales to Iraq, as he has said, bolstered the case for most intelligence analysts. And contrary to Wilson’s assertions and even the government’s previous statements, the CIA did not tell the White House it had qualms about the reliability of the Africa intelligence that made its way into 16 fateful words in President Bush’s January 2003 State of the Union address.

Yesterday’s report said that whether Iraq sought to buy lightly enriched “yellowcake” uranium from Niger is one of the few bits of prewar intelligence that remains an open question. Much of the rest of the intelligence suggesting a buildup of weapons of mass destruction was unfounded, the report said.

Good thing he already has sold his books.

And this info, if true, corroorates Novak’s claims about how Wilson got the job in the first place:

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.

Wilson has asserted that his wife was not involved in the decision to send him to Niger.

“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.”

Most interesting stuff.

Hat tip: Wizbang.

Filed under: Iraq

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5 Comments»

  1. Really, you guys will believe anything. . .

    Comment by Hal — Saturday, July 10, 2004 @ 3:52 pm

  2. Hal,

    A) Why is this report any less credible than Wilson (whom, I pressume, you believe hook, line and sinker).

    B) My guess is that you think that the portion of the report that states that the CIA’s intelligence pre-war was flawed is just fine. This info is from the same report. On what basis do you pick and choose the parts you are going to believe?

    and

    C) Every time there is info that contradicts your position on the uranium, you roll your eyes and pull out the “you guys” bit and the conspiracy theory bit. That doesn’t constitute an argument.

    Comment by Steven — Saturday, July 10, 2004 @ 5:28 pm

  3. Maybe you should read Josh Marshall on this, as he has actual quotes from the report rather than Steno Sue’s regurgitation of right-wing spin…

    http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/week_2004_07_04.php#003142

    Comment by Greg in WA — Saturday, July 10, 2004 @ 6:44 pm

  4. You mean that right-wing rag the Washington Post?

    Comment by Steven — Saturday, July 10, 2004 @ 7:01 pm

  5. I love how folks like Hal and Greg simply dismiss entire portions of reports because it does not support their political views. It’s classic. One doesn’t agree with the data (or a portion of it), so he rolls his eyes, calls names, and moves on. No real debate. Just hit-and-run liberalism.

    It used to be only the amatuers and bloggers that practiced this shite, but now the major players in the Democrat party are getting in on the act (not to mention much of media). The Democrats are really letting me down. They’re supposed to offer up a viable alternative. Something I can really think about when I go to pull that lever. If the best they can do is John Kerry…

    Comment by misterhung — Saturday, July 10, 2004 @ 7:30 pm

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