First this insight:

What is the reoccuring thread you read in the majority of the MSM accounts reference to the Plame Game, as well in other mediums? This from a re-hashed WSJ article:

'There are signs that prosecutors now are looking into contacts between administration officials and journalists that took place much earlier than previously thought. Earlier conversations are potentially significant, because that suggests the special prosecutor leading the investigation is exploring whether there was an effort within the administration at an early stage to develop and disseminate confidential information to the press that could undercut former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife, Central Intelligence Agency official Valerie Plame."

This "motive", "The White House playing "Gotcha" with Wilson", has never existed except in the mind of one David Corn who wrote in 2003:

"Did senior Bush officials blow the cover of a US intelligence officer working covertly in a field of vital importance to national security--and break the law--in order to strike at a Bush administration critic and intimidate others?"

Ever since this article, which incidently Corn shows amazing claravoyance into Plame's background, appeared, the MSM has used the premise (a assumption on Corn's part) as a point of fact - thus - as they say, jumping the meme.

Fact is, as it would be later discovered in the Senate Intelligence Report, there was no need to discredit Wilson for he wasn't credible to start with. Rest assured, the Prosecutor dropped this scenerio long along - it just isn't credible.

Yet to the question. When did the Administration know about the Wilson/Plame Game?

The answer, which I'm not fully fleshed out - as it is only a theory, yet supported by a family member still in the business (but reliable and talkative) is an apparent "tip" from inside the Agency itself funneled through a certain journalist - or if you will - a designed leak.

A somebody "in the bowels of the agency" that didn't like what was going on, didn't agree with the Plame Game, and did their patriotic duty - they whistled.

As it has been said before, here for instance, "The CIA wanted this story to break". Again, the story - the real story, going far beyond the simple outlines thus far presented.

I'm on Wilson like it's 1999

As I said in comments yesterday, I have some new documents to go over, as well as the status of others I had asked for.

Joe had a little trip to Niger in 1999. "For what"? is the question. Yet it is key to the Plame Game.

Rest assured yours truly will find out, and as I know, so shall you.

UPDATE I: From Joe's book, an excerpt familiar to us all:

"May 4, 2004 | Late on Tuesday afternoon, July 8, six days before Robert Novak's article about Valerie and me, a friend showed up at my office with a strange and disturbing tale. He had been walking down Pennsylvania Avenue toward my office near the White House when he came upon Novak, who, my friend assumed, was en route to the George Washington University auditorium for the daily taping of CNN's "Crossfire." He asked Novak if he could walk a block or two with him, as they were headed in the same direction; Novak acquiesced. Striking up a conversation, my friend, without revealing that he knew me, asked Novak about the uranium controversy. It was a minor problem, Novak replied, and opined that the administration should have dealt with it weeks before. My friend then asked Novak what he thought about me, and Novak answered: "Wilson's an asshole. The CIA sent him. His wife, Valerie, works for the CIA. She's a weapons of mass destruction specialist. She sent him." At that point, my friend and Novak went their separate ways. My friend headed straight for my office a couple of blocks away.

Once he related this unsettling story to me, I asked him to immediately write down the details of the conversation and afterwards ushered him out of my office. Next, I contacted the head of the news division at CNN, Eason Jordan, Novak's titular boss, whom I had known for a number of years. It took several calls, but I finally tracked him down on his cell phone. I related to him the details of my friend's encounter with Novak and pointed out that whatever my wife might or might not be, it was the height of irresponsibility for Novak to share such information with an absolute stranger on a Washington street. I asked him to speak to Novak for me, but he demurred -- he said he did not know him very well -- and suggested that I speak to Novak myself. I arranged for him to have Novak call me and hung up."

Novak called the next morning, but I was out, and then so was he. We did not connect until the following day, July 10. He listened quietly as I repeated to him my friend's account of their conversation. I told him I couldn't imagine what had possessed him to blurt out to a complete stranger what he had thought he knew about my wife.

Novak apologized, and then asked if I would confirm what he had heard from a CIA source: that my wife worked at the Agency. I told him that I didn't answer questions about my wife. I told him that my story was not about my wife or even about me; it was about sixteen words in the State of the Union address."

Mr. Wilson goes on to bloviate about how he "schooled" Novak in journalism. Then when the article appears, Novak's column mentions only administration sources. Wilson calls to ask about the "CIA leak", and Novak says he "misspoke".

"Misspoke".....Like Wilson misspoke about that "the names were wrong and the dates were wrong"?

The mystery of this "mystery" friend is move solveable, they go back a long time together, and his inititals are, as I'm being told, are LCJ.

More later.

UPDATE: American Thinker article on Joe Wilson showing that even leftist bloggers know he's full of crap. Ties directly into what I said above, in what will be hitherto known as the "Children of the Corn Mantra" - "The White House Attempt to discredit Joe Wilson". From the article:

"WILSON (letter to the Intelligence Committee): My article in the New York Times makes clear that I attributed to myself “a small role in the effort to verify information about Africa’s suspected link to Iraq’s nonconventional weapons programs.”...I went to great lengths to point out that mine was but one of three reports on the subject. I never claimed to have “debunked” the allegation that Iraq was seeking uranium from Africa. I claimed only that the transaction described in the documents that turned out to be forgeries could not have occurred and did not occur.

Amazing, isn’t it? I never claimed to have “debunked” the allegation that Iraq was seeking uranium from Africa! Readers, what has the last year been about if Wilson didn’t claim to debunk Bush’s claim?

Exactly! Read the rest.

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