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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…

MOYERS: "The danger must be confronted." You agree with that? "We would hope that the Iraqi regime will meet the demands of the United Nations and disarm fully and peacefully. If it does not, we are prepared to disarm Iraq by force. Either way, this danger will be removed. The safety of the American people depends on ending this direct and growing threat." You agree with that?

WILSON: I agree with that. Sure. The President goes on to say in that speech as he did in the State of the Union Address is we will liberate Iraq from a brutal dictator. All of which is true. But the only thing Saddam Hussein hears in this speech or the State of the Union Address is, "He's coming to kill me. He doesn't care if I have weapons of mass destruction or not. His objective is to come and overthrow my regime and to kill me." And that then does not provide any incentive whatsoever to disarm."

Read the rest of the transcript, but you won't find any of the arguments that Wilson would later talk about.

A month after Joe's appearance, Seymour Hersh of the New Yorker pens, "Who Lied to Whom" and is the first to throw up the "Stovepipe" theory of a CIA plot to thwart the White House. After this though the 'change' of Wilson's demeanor began with apparently with Nicolas Kristof, and his May 6th, 2003 article, "Missing in Action: Truth". Now the question is "What happened between the Moyer's interview and Wilson's talk with Nicolas?"

Who got to Joe? Better yet, "Who was assigned to handle Joe"? Or even a greater question, "Who shopped him and his 'story' around?"

By the way, no one has ever answered the quesiton I had in a previous post about how the WAPO article by Walter Pincus, "Ex-Envoy": Nuclear Report Ignored" , compete with quotes from Joe, and Wilson's " "What I didn't Find in Africa", would just 'happen' to get published on the same day. I would say that's very curious.

More curious notice the beginning, after the Novak article appeared, of the crafting of the Script that would be used throughout the Plame Game. The Nation's David Corn was the first to step forward, with almost Clairvoyant knowledge of Amb. Wilson and his wife asked, "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?"

So prepared.....

Who's directing?

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