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Plame Game - What Happened Joe? - Part II

From the previous post about Joe Wilson's appearence on Bill Moyer's show on February 28th, 2003, when Joe made no mention of the Niger story, or even blasted the "16 words" spoken one month earlier in the President's SOTU speech.

Yet there is more. As this interview with Wilson from Global Security, six days into the war, as well as this one two days earlier from the same source, there is none of the outrage, none of the rhetoric that you hear from his "talking point's" spun by Kristof, Pincus and Corn in the months to come.

Then there is this curious exchange from an online chat hosted by the Washington Post dated April 3rd, 2003 nearly a month before he talked to Kristof:

"Boston, Mass.: Mr. Wilson

Thank you for taking our questions. What happens if we do not find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?

Joseph C. Wilson: Whether we find them or not is now immaterial. The liberation is now the rationale. If we don't find them, discussion about t…

Pure Genius - Misunderestimated again!

I haven't weighed in on the SCOTUS nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr.

However, I think most people missed the big picture.

My take is that Harriet Miers was never the pick, but only the "decoy" until after Fitzmas.

Note that after she withdrew her 'nomination' last week, and after Fitz's findings, she went to work this weekend with the President on the Alito pick.

The "Pick Play".

Bush Misunderestimated again?

Pure Genius!

Plame Game - The Golden Goose

According to the SSCI report page 39, Wilson made a trip to Niger after his wife recommended him, mainly because he was going there on business anyway and his "contacts in the region".

The only indication we had of what this trip was about was from Wilson’s own book, The Politics of Truth, which is cited in the SSCI, in which it said he went reference to “Uranium Related matters”.

Now 1999 was two years before 9/11. It was nearly a year and a half before George Bush took office. What interest then would the CIA have in “uranium related matters” in the Summer of 1999 that Joe Wilson would have to “check out”?

Wilson had been a career diplomat, but left service in 1998 to open a consulting firm that specialized in “Assisting International Investment” in Africa. What a guy to help out with "Expanding commerical relations", eh?

Remember, and most ignored in the press that at this time there was under supposed lock and key and verification of IAEA, 500 tons of Yellow C…

Plame Game - Ole Joe, wither goest thou?

So where are we in the Plame Game?

The investigation has come and gone, so far one casualty, but again, not a victory for those who attempted the coup. Yet we still have so many questions don’t we?

For instance. One of the questions is:

While everyone concentrated on Joe Wilson’s trip to Niger in 2002, the real question is just what did Joe Wilson go to Niger in 1999 for?

The Sentate Report report mentions this trip. Why did Ms. Plame recommend him for this particular trip? More importantly, what was the CIA’s interest in Niger in 1999.

To answer he question we have to see what took place “under the palms” in 1999 and even before.

First, let’s go forward to 2002. Let’s be clear, Mr. Wilson’s most incredible adventure was on it’s face as reported a farce. There is no way he gained any credible intelligence just sipping tea and talking with has been Nigerian cronies. Secondly, Amb. Barbro-owens Kirkpatrick had already supposedly nixed the idea. Thirdly, so soon after 9/11 there is …

Corruption? Not even close

The Washington Post begins their version of the coming Bush legacy by quoting an ABC News Poll:

"A majority of Americans say the indictment of senior White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby signals broader ethical problems in the Bush administration, and nearly half say the overall level of honesty and ethics in the federal government has fallen since President Bush took office, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News survey.

The poll, conducted Friday night and yesterday, found that 55 percent of the public believes the Libby case indicates wider problems "with ethical wrongdoing" in the White House, while 41 percent believes it was an "isolated incident." And by a 3 to 1 ratio, 46 percent to 15 percent, Americans say the level of honesty and ethics in the government has declined rather than risen under Bush.

In the aftermath of the latest crisis to confront the White House, Bush's overall job approval rating has fallen to 39 percent, the low…

The Plame Game - I guess you know this means war?

As I get my bearings together now that I've had time to absorb the Libby indictment and read what some on the Right had to say. Note that despite the hallelulia chorus from some on the left, the results for them who breathless predicted 22 indictmens and a White House on fire in the night, are a ball-buster. I've got news for you. The war has only begun.

But at this point let's makes some clarifications.

A "person" cannot be classified. A document can be. A position/mission/job can be. Therefore although Fitzgerald didn't clarify Plame's status, which at this point considering what she and her co-horts in CPD were trying to cook up is really not the point. Evidently Fitzgerald thought that her "job was classified". At that I can grudging agree to a point.

I'm not going to attack Fitzgerald, he's just doing what Proscutors do. The fact is whether he lied or got "crossed up" by a ridculously long investigation (which was …

Plame Game - Libby Takes the Bullet - Mac is Back!

For all those detractors, I back....!

I will now be blogging from an undislosed location under a 10k generator from the ravaged Florida landscape.

Reading the 22 page (what a change from 22 indictments eh?), so-called indictment of Scooter Libby. Take so far:

1. It will never see a court date. First, these are the flimsiest charges of perj/obstr/ I have ever seen. As Michael Leeden said over at the Corner:

"that's why lawyers tell clients not to say anything unless they have a very clear recollection of something. They can't prosecute you for having Halfheimer's disease...

In anycase, I believe Libby will probably plead out. Now for the detractors/critics you do NOT want this to see the light of day. A trial brings EVERYTHING out into the open - EVERYTHING,....Mr. Russert.

Nevertheless....

My source tells me of a VERY strong possibility that DOJ is looking into the Nepotism (Federal Offense) reference Valerie Plame 'selection/suggestion' of her hubby Josep…

Plame Game - In the Beginning

Light on the posting today, getting ready for a Hurricane.

So for now, just a thought.

Mark Levin of National Review comments on the Plame Game:

"Since everyone on TV this Sunday is predicting what Fitzgerald will do, let me predict that he is unlikely to indict Karl Rove. Admittedly, I base this on the same unreliable leaks and reporting used by those predicting his indictment.

All this talk of perjury and obstruction aside, the purpose of this investigation was to determine who "outted" Valerie Plame. As best I can tell, Joe Wilson first revealed her on his own website, and the first journalist to tie her to some kind of covert status was David Corn (as our colleage Cliff May has well explained). After nearly two years, you have to assume that Fitzgerald also has pinned down Plame's actual status. Fitzgerald cannot issue a report, as he would violate grand jury secrecy. But it would seem that this information can be made known to the public. The CIA can give Fitzge…

Plame Game - End Game II

"Ok, we're down to the wire Mr. Fitzgerald? What is you're verdict?"

That seems to be the edict from the MSM this last week. Chris Matthews holding preliminary Plamegate hearings on his show Hardball last week on, when on Wednesday's show NBC News's Andrea Mitchell threw this out:

"And except that this really is a crisis for journalism. Maybe it‘s inside baseball, but journalism has been laid bare and what people have seen is not very pleasant. And the situation at the “New York Times,” all of the controversy over Judith Miller—there is going to be testimony tomorrow. She is supposed to testify about whether or not there should be a shield for journalists. These are not good times for journalists."

Andrea's third-degree of separation.

According to this story in the Washington Post, and not mentioned in any timelines I've come across, it tells us, that the initial investigation into the leak was finished in October 2004 - just prior to the…

Plame Game - What Happened Joe?

On February 28th, 2003, one month after President Bush's "state of the Union speech, Bill Moyer's interviewed Joseph Wilson. This interview is interesting not for what it says, but for what Joe Wilson doesn't say.

Note that no where in the transcript does he refute the Africa claim, or even mention of his trip. In fact in the interview you see a completely different Joseph Wilson than you see later on when he was talking with writers Nicolas Kristof, David Corn, Walter Pincus, and even penning his own OPED, "What I Didn't Find in Africa". Most of what Wilson and Moyer's talk about is a "Post Saddam" Iraq. He even sounds a bit like an administration supporter at times:

"MOYERS: President Bush's recent speech to the American Enterprise Institute, he said, let me quote it to you. "The danger posed by Saddam Hussein and his weapons cannot be ignored or wished away." You agree with that?

WILSON: I agree with that. Sure. I…

M…

Hurricane Wilman - Is the Media Ready?

AP hounds ask, "Is the Governnment Ready for Wilma?"

The question they should be asking is: Are they ready to cover a storm accurately this time?

For all the concentration on the FEMA boondoggles, and the ingnoring of the greater sin's of the the officials in Louisianna, if not downright incompetance, I wonder if the MSM has fixed it's problems of misreporting the news.

As detailed in this Carolina Journal Online article from September 6th, by Jon Ham:

"RALEIGH — There is a fetid stink in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and it’s not coming just from the fouled waters flooding New Orleans. It also wafts from the putrid reporting of the disaster by the mainstream media.

From the moment Katrina made landfall the media focused on anything that could redound to the detriment of President Bush or inflame race and class tensions. Reporters and commentators ignored the dismal performance of New Orleans’ Democratic mayor and Louisiana’s Democratic governor, blaming every…

Kelly Throws Judy Overboard

NY Times Editor back peddle leaving Judy Miller to the ‘wolves”

“WASHINGTON - The New York Times’ Judith Miller belatedly gave prosecutors her notes of a key meeting in the CIA leak probe only after being shown White House records of it, and her boss declared Friday she appeared to have misled the newspaper about her role.

In a dramatic e-mail, Executive Editor Bill Keller wrote Times’ employees he wished he’d more carefully interviewed Miller and had “missed what should have been significant alarm bells” that she had been the recipient of leaked information about the CIA officer at the heart of the case.

“Judy seems to have misled (Times Washington bureau chief) Phil Taubman about the extent of her involvement,” Keller wrote in what he described as a lessons-learned e-mail. “This alone should have been enough to make me probe deeper.”


What a weasel. "Probe deeper?".....ah never mind.

Bill Keller is back peddling big time here. Keller knew all along who Judy’s source was. See…

Plame Game - In the Light

Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media nails the Plame Game in his article today, "Was the Joe Wilson Valerie Plame Affair a CIA Plot?".

"The media version of the CIA leak case is that the White House illegally revealed a CIA employee’s identity because her husband, Joseph Wilson, was an administration critic.

But former prosecutor Joseph E. diGenova says the real story is that the CIA “launched a covert operation” against the President when it sent Wilson on the mission to Africa to investigate the Iraq-uranium link. DiGenova, a former Independent Counsel who prosecuted several high-profile cases and has extensive experience on Capitol Hill, including as counsel to several Senate committees, is optimistic that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald will figure it all out.

DiGenova tells this columnist, “It seems to me somewhat strange, in terms of CIA tradecraft, that if you were really attempting to protect the identity of a covert officer, why would you send her husband over…

The LA Times "Opines" Wilson

If you've noticed the MSM coverage of the Plame Game in the last few weeks it's been as if they feel the need to "explain" things for Mr. Fitzgerald.

It's like, ...

"Ah Mr. Fitzgerald, just in case you're not looking in the right area....let us help you."

The LA Times today gives that little "push", by telling us that - get this, "Scooter Libby was doing his job!" Gasp!

"WASHINGTON — Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff was so angry about the public statements of former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, a Bush administration critic married to an undercover CIA officer, that he monitored all of Wilson's television appearances and urged the White House to mount an aggressive public campaign against him, former aides say.

Those efforts by the chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, began shortly after Wilson went public with his criticisms in 2003. But they continued into last year — well after the Justic…

Mr. Goss, Keep that Broom Swinging!

As I said before, the IC "establishment" is bucking the changes that the Goss/Negroponte juggernaut.

Today, The Washington Post's David Ignatius, writes:

"The most dangerous moment in any transition is halfway through, when the old structure is badly weakened but the new one isn't yet strong enough to carry the load. That's where the Bush administration stands in its incomplete effort to restructure the intelligence community.

The intelligence reshuffle was the product of two warring impulses that have been apparent in this administration's foreign policy from the start -- a "realist" support for strong, independent spy agencies and a "neoconservative" mistrust, bordering on outright hatred, of the CIA as a supposed obstacle to the president's goals.

The intelligence-reform impulse led President Bush, after some foot-dragging, to back the recommendations of the bipartisan Sept. 11 commission by creating a director of national intellig…