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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Plame Wrap-Up

The best and most comprehensive single post on the Plame Affair can be found here.

It provides a clear and concise timeline and demonstrates that Wilson was the one to first "out" his wife as a CIA analyst, in all likelihood to give his story more credibility (b/c why would all of those reporters believe anything he asserted, unless he was "connected" with the agency).

Interestingly, Libby's name doesn't feature prominently in the post. By the time Libby mentioned Wilson's wife, everyone already had been briefed by Joe.

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It is by far the most comprehensive single post. It establishes the pre-Novak timeline real well, and any reasonable person reading that timeline would see that the Libby conversations in July are incomplete without the context of the whole "scandal" including the numerous Wilson contacts with the press.

JustOneMinute has a great post on the Valerie testimony before the House (all emphasis mine):

She is discussing her presence at an ealry May 2003 breakfast meeting between her husband and Joe Wilson where Joe spilled details about his classified trip to Niger, thereby inspiring this May 6 Kristof column:

REP. DAVIS: Let me just ask, try to put some -- some of the press speculation to rest and give you an opportunity to answer. In January 2004, Vanity Fair published an article -- not always known for great accuracy -- touching on your role in the Niger uranium affair. It said -- this was what they said -- "In early May, Wilson and Plame attended a conference sponsored by the Senate Democratic Policy Committee at which Wilson spoke about Iraq. One of the other panelists was New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof. Over breakfast the next morning with Kristof and his wife, Wilson told about his trip to Niger and said Kristof could write about it but not name him." Is that account accurate?

MS. PLAME WILSON: I think it is. I had nothing -- I was not speaking to Mr. Kristof. And I think my husband did say that he had undertaken this trip, but not to be named as a source.

REP. DAVIS: Okay.

Just to be clear, when your -- the article says that -- says your husband "met for breakfast with Kristof and his wife." Just to be clear, were you at the breakfast?

MS. PLAME WILSON: Briefly, yes, Congressman.

As Tom Maguire points out later, CIA agents are required to report their contacts with the press, which Valerie did not. From her testimony its apparent that she feels she was not involved since she was just there, and only "briefly". But her presence for Kristoff (and for the Senate Democratic Policy committee) was to establish Wilson's bona fides. Her mere presence and job placement at CIA was used to disguise the lies that Joe Wilson was telling as truths.

Briefly or not, she outed herself.

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Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler