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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Why do I know more about the Plame Leak than paid journalists?

After watching the Sunday morning shows and the primetime "exclusives", I'm amazed at the lack of knowledge on display by the journalists. It's as if they haven't been following the details of the case, as uncovered by bloggers like Tom Macguire at Just One Minute. In order to clear the air, here are some key items that seem to escape the MSM. Everyone should know the following and be able to shut down the Leftist attempts to make this a bigger scandal than it is:

  1. Plame wasn't covered by the 1982 Intelligence Identities Protection Act (minor detail, eh?)
  2. Wilson's assertion that his trip to Niger contradicted the Bush Administration position is false. The Senate Intelligence committee reviewing the materials found that his "mission to Niger" actually supported the Bush administration's position that Iraq had made contacts with Niger for yellowcake.
  3. It's unlikely that there was malice on the part of the Bush administration, at least as it regards to Valerie Plame (ie they did not intend that she be harmed, nor did they likely know that she had "undercover" status back in the 90s). Rather, they were trying to explain why someone so critical of the administration and its foreign policy could have been entrusted with such a critical intelligence mission, thus the need to explain exactly how in the heck this idiot was selected. He was given the mission on the recommendation of his wife, despite his lies to the contrary.
  4. It is unlikely that this was the first instance of Plame's identity being made compromised. In fact, she was pulled from undercover status precisely because it was felt that her identity was compromised by Aldrich Ames.
  5. Perjury is a serious crime and that's why Libby was indicted and will face the consequences. (If only the Left was as consistent on this issue as the Right has been.) It's instructive that only Libby was indicted.
  6. The damage from this is not as serious as Mr. Wilson is portraying it to be. According to the Washington Post:
    There is no indication, according to current and former intelligence officials, that the most dire of consequences -- the risk of anyone's life -- resulted from her outing.
    And this from Bob Woodward (that right-wing partisan that he is):
    WOODWARD: ... They did a damage assessment within the CIA, looking at what this did that Joe Wilson's wife was outed. And turned out it was quite minimal damage. They did not have to pull anyone out undercover abroad. They didn't have to resettle anyone. There was no physical danger to anyone and there was just some embarrassment.
  7. Just because you say "What did he know and when did he know it?" does not make this the Watergate scandal.
  8. Others haven't been indicted (for perjury or the original focus of the investigation) and it's unlikely that others will be indicted.
The only place where I saw even a few of the above items mentioned was Fox News Sunday during the panel discussion (which is the most balanced panel on Sunday).

If you're a mainstream journalist, I recommend that you spend a day and go through Tom Macguire's archives so you don't look like a fool. At least read this, this, and this... and then go through his archives. You should also check out these three bloggers:
  1. Jeff Goldstein at Protein Wisdom (here and here);
  2. This post by Patterico about Wilson's lies; and
  3. This post by Jay Tea at Wizbang.
The fact that you don't know this information and continue to hang on to every one of Wilson's words shows that you're either stupid or unconcerned about the facts. In either case, instead of writing for the St Louis Post-Dispatch or appearing on network news I recommend that you submit your "news" here, here, or here.

Be sure to read this post from the American Thinker:
The Mediacrats are fearful that the Valerie Plame story may not have legs. Karl Rove has not been indicted, and may never be, and other than a few Washington insiders, nobody has ever heard of Lewis (Scooter) Libby before.

The solution is to push two themes: 1) this is really Cheney’s treachery and a White House hatched conspiracy, and 2) Americans are and should be very upset about it.

***UPDATE 2***
Check out Gateway Pundit's excellent timeline... He's even more comprehensive than I was!

And there's this breaking news from The American Thinker:
Joe Wilson's speech

A month before Robert Novak wrote his column supposedly outing Valerie Plame, Joseph Wilson gave a speech in which he talks in the third person about a person who is obviously himself, allows Valerie Plame to be identified as his wife, and discloses his intense opposition to the war in Iraq, as well as his anti-Israel sentiments. He makes clear that he is the source of the Kristoff/Pincus leaks about his mission. He even says that “this thing has legs,” that it will take two or three months, but it has legs – implying, perhaps, that he had already been working with the Kerry campaign to make this issue big – attacking the President’s credibility on the war.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler