Re: Rove, Libby Accounts on Plame Differ With Reporters' (Update2)
- From: "John Wheaton" <wheatonjohn@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2005 22:08:07 -0700
"Bruce Morgen" <editor@xxxxxxxx> wrote in message new..
> Rove, Libby Accounts on Plame Differ With Reporters' (Update2)
Here is an OUTSTANDING story covering the entire story, including tons of
links that were writing years ago, including the early Novak stories;
Joseph Wilson's Amazing Left-Wing Dreamland
By Ben Johnson
FrontPageMagazine.com | July 22, 2005
AS THE SEEMINGLY ENDLESS SPIDERWEB OF LIES SPUN BY former Ambassador Joseph
C. Wilson IV unravels, the media has gone out of its way to question the
credibility of.Karl Rove. Despite Rove's demonstrable non-leak of Valerie
Plame's non-secret identity, the dogs continue to gather, hungry for a
second term scandal, while the Wilsons' blatant self-promotion erodes
whatever basis they had for a story in the first place. Perhaps Joe Wilson's
two biggest whoppers were his claim to have spoken out because of his deep,
non-partisan commitment to "truth," and his inconsolable remorse that his
wife's closely guarded anonymity had become "collateral damage" in the Bush
administration's war against him. What is at risk of being lost in the media
hype of Karl Rove's "leak" is that Plame and Wilson had deep-seated
ideological opposition to the Niger trip they set up, Plame apparently
spiked that trip in advance, and she had long ago blown her status as a
"secret" CIA agent.
Valerie Plame - the Soros Connection
In fact, Plame blew not only her own cover but that of a CIA front - in
order to make a political donation to a leftist Democrat. The politics of
non-partisan "centrist" Ambassador Wilson's wife is perhaps best expressed
by her $372 donation to the George Soros front group Americans Coming
Together. Plame made her grant to ACT - the part of the "Shadow Party"
entrusted with getting out John Kerry's vote - in October 2004. However, the
"undercover" agent previously used her CIA name, "Ms. Valerie E. Wilson" -
and also disclosed her home address on the form - to make a $1,000 donation
to Al Gore in 2000, listing her job as an "Analyst" at "Brewster-Jennings &
Associates." Thus, her hard-driving political agenda and dismissive regard
for national security exposed her fellow agents to even greater risk.
The political philanthropy of Joseph C. Wilson IV similarly lines up with
his wife's leftist agenda. He also gave $2,000 to Gore in 2000 (although he
took back $1,000 of that), as well as $1,000 to Sen. Ted Kennedy, and $500
to Rep. Charlie Rangel in the same election cycle. In 2002, his employment
prospects dimmed while his patronage increased. Thus, he donated $1,000 to
Hillary Clinton's HILLPAC; $250 to Rep. Nick Rahall, D-WV; and $500 for
Idaho Democrat Alan Blinken's failed bid for the Senate in 2002. In 2004, he
donated $2,000 to John Kerry's presidential campaign, where he landed a job
as a consultant. Wilson's left-wing defenders cite his $1,000 donation to
George W. Bush, in 2000 and the $1,500 he gave to Rep. Ed Royce, R-CA, over
the course of several years as proof of his bipartisanship. Others believe
Wilson was covering his bases for a federal job in 2000, and have also noted
Royce sits on the Committee on International Relations.
Joseph Wilson literally cried crocodile tears at the exposure his left-wing
political activism has brought him and his CIA operative wife. He sat,
wringing his hands at the fate that could befall an agent whose identity
becomes known. "Naming her this way would have compromised every operation,
every relationship, every network with which she had been associated in her
entire career," he shrieked. However, Plame's identity was, in the words of
Robert Novak, "not much of a secret." Cliff May states he was told of Plame's
work - as a desk jockey at Langley, to which job she drove everyday - in a
blasé manner, as though all Washington insiders knew of it. Perhaps they
did; Plame acknowledges she "outed" herself to Joseph Wilson at roughly the
time of their first kiss. Given the current dating-and-mating habits of
Beltways divorcees, she's likely kissed others, perhaps using her CIA job as
foreplay at each rendezvous. As noted above, she also exposed her Agency
name and cover job on her political donation to Al Gore in 2000. In fact,
other national media outlets had named her as an agent before Karl Rove's
disclosure to Novak. Further, the CIA did nothing to prevent Robert Novak
from printing her name in his syndicated column, indicating they did not
consider the exposure vital - perhaps grudging recognition of the fact that
this genie had long been out of the bottle. Still at a National Press Club
meeting in 2003, standing alongside Daniel Ellsberg, Wilson choked up,
breaking down as he looked his wife in the face and vowed, "If I could give
you back your anonymity.I would do it in a minute." Sorry, Val, you can't
get your virginity back.
Since the inadvertent "leak" of her name, Wilson and Plame have comported
themselves as the perfect victims all the while seeking out the brightest
spotlight the media could shine on them. A week before working himself into
tears with Ellsberg, Joe Wilson told NBC's Tim Russert, "my wife.would
rather chop off her right arm than say anything to the press, and she will
not allow herself to be photographed." Plame has since posed for a picture
for Vanity Fair reporter (exposing both arms) and spoke with the magazine's
reporter "on a not-for-attribution basis." In an MSNBC interview, Wilson
described his wife as "obviously nonplussed at this unwanted attention
brought again on our family." Yet two weeks ago, this Mother Bear met with
London Telegraph reporter Philip Sherwell at her home, allowing him to
publish the names of her five-year-old twins (Samantha and Trevor) in the
international media. Not even all the mainstream media have bought the
Wilsons' righteous victimology shtick. In an aside to his readers
immediately before this, the MSNBC interviewer notes, "Up until recently, a
tongue-in-cheek photo in Vanity Fair was the only well-known image of her.
But now the Wilsons have gone public, and new photos show what the former
undercover spy looks like." Indeed, you can see Plame and Wilson, for
instance, in this picture, taken at a swanky Georgetown eatery hocking
A Pre-Emptive Strike on Pro-War Intelligence
Like the Wilson family's forlorn reaction to having media attention and a
book deal thrust upon them, neither was the Plame/Wilson decision to go to
Niger to check out the yellowcake uranium what it seemed. The duo set out to
spike the Niger uranium story from the first. Upon hearing the CIA had
opened an investigation into whether Saddam Hussein had attempted to
purchase ingredients for a doomsday device from the sub-Saharan African
nation, Plame lined up her hubby for the trip, knowing his political
disposition. Upon telling Wilson of his assignment, she referred to the to
the Niger claim as "this crazy report." Inspector Wilson then, by his own
account, spent "eight days drinking sweet mint tea and meeting with dozens
of people." Despite his grueling interrogations, often conducted at
poolside, he did not find anything whatever of value. He then went home and
held his fire for months after President Bush cited the possible Niger
yellowcake deal to write his op-ed. Wilson then claimed the documents Bush
used to prove the yellowcake connection were forged, because "the dates were
wrong and the names were wrong." However, the CIA didn't have those files
until eight months after Wilson's African vacation. Wilson sheepishly stated
he may have "misspoken."
The Officials Who Knew Not Joseph
"Misspoken" could designate every remark Wilson has ever made. His entire
public testimony is a tear of lies.
Although he clearly intimated Vice President Dick Cheney sent him on his
fact-finding mission, Cheney said he had never heard of Wilson before his
scathing op-ed on Niger. Wilson responded by telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer:
"Well, look, it's absolutely true that neither the vice president nor Dr.
Rice nor even George Tenet knew that I was traveling to Niger. What they
did, what the office of the vice president did, and, in fact, I believe now
from Mr. Libby's statement, it was probably the vice president himself" who
sent him after all. OK..
When it came to light that Wilson got his job because of his wife's
recommendation, Wilson retorted in his book, "Valerie had nothing to do with
the matter. She definitely had not proposed that I make the trip." Instead,
he avers, Plame's "supervisors asked her to contact me." In fact, Plame
wrote a CIA higher-up that her hubby enjoyed "good relations with both the
Prime Minister and the former Minister of Mines [of Niger], not to mention
lots of French contacts" - surprised? - "both of whom could possibly shed
light on this sort of activity." Upon reading this, Wilson responded, "I
don't see it as a recommendation to send me"! Plame followed up with another
suggestion that her husband get the job, which he did. In fact, she had
snagged a similar trip to Niger for hubby in 1999. The fact that an
apparently incompetent, apparently underqualified individual got the nod for
an all-expense-paid trip to Africa due to nepotism has received no greater
attention from "Good Government" liberals than, say, Bill Clinton's
appointing his wife to head up a health care task force.
Wilson has dissembled that upon returning to the States, he wrote a report
of his activities. In fact, he never laid pen to paper, instead being
debriefed by others at the CIA.
Although he claims there is no proof of Iraq's intent to purchase yellowcake
uranium, as President Bush said in his 2003 State of the Union Address. the
CIA interpreted Wilson's own findings to support that notion. The analysts
who heard Wilson's oral report said it "lent more credibility to the
original Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) reports on the uranium deal."
Their written report of his activities reveals that Niger Prime Minister
Ibrahim Mayaki told him he believed Iraq had made an overture to purchase
uranium in the past. Further, the British stand by their assertion, which
was the actual basis for the "16 Words" in the president's State of the
Since penning his book and posing for a half-dozen pictures with his
super-secret undercover wife, Joseph Wilson had faded into the recesses of
the national memory where mediocrity should have permanently confined him.
However, the latest investigation into Karl Rove's non-leak has brought him
roaring back onto the public stage, this time lying that Karl Rove
identified his wife by name. According to Time reporter Matt Cooper's
e-mail, it was Cooper who called Rove, about another topic, and it was
Cooper who abruptly changed the subject to Joe Wilson. At that point, Rove
advised him not to "get too far out on" the story. Cooper's e-mail states,
the vice president had nothing to do with Wilson's incompetent mission; "it
was, KR said, wilson's [sic.] wife, who apparently works at the agency" who
worked it out. Having seen this e-mail, Wilson stood athwart reality,
My wife's name is Mrs. Joseph Wilson. It is Mrs.Valerie Wilson. And he named
her. He identified her. So that argument I don't believe stands the test
of - stands the smell test.
You could cut the irony with a knife.
Despite the current anti-Rove witchhunt, the Left has yet to present
evidence of any criminal wrongdoing. According to the strictures of the 1982
Intelligence Identities Protection Act, to break the law one must reveal the
name of a covert agent, must know that person is a covert agent who has been
abroad within the past five years, the CIA must acknowledge it is trying to
conceal the identity of this agent, and the disclosure must "clearly
represent a conscious and pernicious effort to identify and expose agents
with the intent to impair or impede the foreign intelligence activities of
the United States." Clearly, Rove's comments do not meet this standard. He
seems not to have known her name. She never had a "deep cover" story and
certainly didn't behave as though confidentiality were her prime goal.
Moreover, Wilson notes in his book that Plame (sorry, "Mrs. Joseph Wilson")
last returned from overseas in 1997, six years before Robert Novak's column
identified her as an operative.
These facts are well-known to the media. Thirty-six "mainstream" media
organizations - including the White House Correspondents - filed an amici
curiae brief on behalf of Judith Miller pointing all these facts out. Yet
they continue howling for Karl Rove's head. Like George W. Bush's
non-scandal at the National Guard, this is becoming the non-story that
refuses to go away.
Wilson and Plame are run-of-the-mill, leftist climbers who have found a
constituency on the Bush-hating Left willing to believe anything. They
temporarily shook loose the fetters of anonymity to cast doubt upon the
president of the United States. However, alternate media outlets such as
talk radio and FrontPage Magazine have shined light upon the background of
Wilson and Wilson, revealing their agenda and falsehoods for what they are.
Despite this, there remains a portion of the far-Left committed to believing
every Bush-bashing story floated in the media, even if it means entering Mr.
and Mrs. Joseph Wilson's fantasyland.
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