Saturday, May 26, 2007


Joe and Valerie Plame Wilson--Husband and Wife Liars

Byron York doesn't like the Wilsons any more than I do and he has a good piece at NRO about them, especially Valerie. What follows is a short version.

Here's what Valerie Plame said under oath at the show trial/House investigation a few months ago about one of her husband's serial lies, namely that his wife never suggested him for the job in Niger.

I did not recommend him. I did not suggest him.

Unfortunately for her, there was the 2004 Senate Intelligence Committee report, which said she did. Regarding that, Ms. Plame stated under oath that the Committee was wrong and about the memo the Committee quoted from, where she suggested and recommended Joe Wilson, she claimed that the Senate had taken the memo “out of context” to “make it seem as though I had suggested or recommended him.”

Now we have the whole memo, thanks to Senator Kit Bond (R-MO) who declassified it recently.

The report forwarded below has prompted me to send this on to you and request your comments and opinion. Briefly, it seems that Niger has signed a contract with Iraq to sell them uranium. The IC [Intelligence Community] is getting spun up about this for obvious reasons. The embassy in Niamey has taken the position that this report can’t be true — they have such cozy relations with the GON [Government of Niger] that they would know if something like this transpired.

So where do I fit in? As you may recall, [redacted] of CP/[office 2] recently approached my husband to possibly use his contacts in Niger to investigate [a separate Niger matter]. After many fits and starts, [redacted] finally advised that the station wished to pursue this with liaison. My husband is willing to help, if it makes sense, but no problem if not. End of story.

Now, with this report, it is clear that the IC is still wondering what is going on… my husband has good relations with both the PM 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. To be frank with you, I was somewhat embarrassed by the agency’s sloppy work last go-round, and I am hesitant to suggest anything again. However, [my husband] may be in a position to assist. Therefore, request your thoughts on what, if anything, to pursue here. Thank you for your time on this.

(Emphasis added).

York has a lot more on the prior testimony and interviews of others to whom Ms. Plame admitted that she suggested and recommended her husband for the job. Lots more.

Except that we have completely soured on the use of 'special prosecutors' I would suggest here is a perjury charge that could be pursued. Since our justice department, under the excellent leadership of Alberto Gonzales, hasn't been able to indict Representative Jefferson or locate a single leaker of classified material, I'm not looking for any justice coming from there either.


David Geffen Quote:

"All politicians lie, it's just that when the Clinton's lie, they do it with such's troubling".

S/H add:...and when they lie, they are often caught with a red face! reb
May 25 Post:

"Back From The Sand-Box" reb

I will impose on our friendship of long standing duration to make the following suggestion: Forget about the Wilson and Plame and never again mention them in your blog.

Castigating Wilson and Plame at this juncture seems so irrrelevant. It is as if the score is 18-0 in the baseball game and you are jumping up and down b/c the last base runner, who cleaned the bags w/ a gran slam when the score was merely 14-0, failed to touch third base.

You and I disagree about the war in Iraq, at least w/ respect to the necessity of fighting that war. I think we both agree that we as a nation should never fight an optional war, although if I am mistaken w/ respect to your position on that point, "Cry Havoc."

Did this administration "lie" about the reasons why we should invade Iraq? It doesn't matter anymore. It is obvious, to those of us who are not enamored of drinking our own bath water, that the invasion of Iraq was a mistake.

So castigating Joseph Woilson and Valerie Plame seems just so dreadfully off the point. I feel sorry for Scooter Libby taking the fall for Dick Cheney. My great grandfather, an immigrant to this country--a legal one--was correct wen he told my father: "You lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas."

I always care about people telling the truth. Sorry.
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