“Joe Wilson’s Top Ten Worst Inaccuracies And Misstatements,” by the Republican National Committee, GOP.com, 14 July 2005, http://www.gop.com/News/Read.aspx?ID=5630 (from Drudge Report).
Why Karl Rove‘s whisteblowing of Democrat operative Joe Wilson was so important:
Wilson Said He Traveled To Niger At CIA Request To Help Provide Response To Vice Presidentâ€™s Office
Vice President Cheney: â€œI Donâ€™t Know Joe Wilson. Iâ€™ve Never Met Joe Wilson. â€¦ And Joe Wilson – I Donâ€™t [Know] Who Sent Joe Wilson. He Never Submitted A Report That I Ever Saw When He Came Back.â€ (NBCâ€™s â€œMeet The Press,â€ 9/14/03)
CIA Director George Tenet: â€œIn An Effort To Inquire About Certain Reports Involving Niger, CIAâ€™s Counter-Proliferation Experts, On Their Own Initiative, Asked An Individual With Ties To The Region To Make A Visit To See What He Could Learn.
Wilson Claimed The Vice President And Other Senior White House Officials Were Briefed On His Niger Report:
The Senate Select Committee On Intelligence Reported That The Vice President Was Not Briefed On Wilsonâ€™s Report.
Wilson Has Claimed His Niger Report Was Conclusive And Significant
Senate Select Committee On Intelligence Unanimous Report: â€œConclusion 13. The Report On The Former Ambassadorâ€™s Trip To Niger, Disseminated In March 2002, Did Not Change Any Analystsâ€™ Assessments Of The Iraq-Niger Uranium Deal.â€
Wilson Denied His Wife Suggested He Travel To Niger In 2002
Senate Select Committee On Intelligence Received Not Only Testimony But Actual Documentation Indicating Wilsonâ€™s Wife Proposed Him For Trip.
Wilson Has Claimed His 1999 Trip To Niger Was Not Suggested By His Wife
â€œThe former ambassador had traveled previously to Niger on the CIAâ€™s behalf â€¦ The former ambassador was selected for the 1999 trip after his wife mentioned to her supervisors that her husband was planning a business trip to Niger in the near future and might be willing to use his contacts in the region â€¦â€
Wilson Claimed He Was A Victim Of A Partisan Smear Campaign
Senate Intelligence Committee Unanimously Concluded That Wilsonâ€™s Report â€œLent More Credibilityâ€ For Most Analysts â€œTo The Original Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Reports.â€ â€œConclusion 13. The report on the former ambassadorâ€™s trip to Niger, disseminated in March 2002, did not change any analystsâ€™ assessments of the Iraq-Niger uranium deal. For most analysts, the information in the report lent more credibility to the original Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) reports on the uranium deal, but the State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) analysts believed that the report supported their assessment that Niger was unlikely to be willing or able to sell uranium to Iraq.â€ (Select Committee On Intelligence, â€œReport On The U.S. Intelligence Communityâ€™s Prewar Intelligence Assessments On Iraq,â€ U.S. Senate, 7/7/04)
Members Of The Senate Select Committee On Intelligence That Wrote The Unanimous â€œReport On The U.S. Intelligence Communityâ€™s Prewar Intelligence Assessments On Iraqâ€:
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN)
Sen. John Edwards (D-NC)
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH)
Sen. Christopher Bond (R-MO)
Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS)
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Sen. John Warner (R-VA)
A Month Before The Bob Novak And Matthew Cooper Articles Ever Came Out, Wilson Told The Washington Post That Previous Intelligence Reports About Niger Were Based On Forged Documents:
â€œThe [Senate Select Committee On Intelligence] Report â€¦ Said Wilson Provided Misleading Information To The Washington Post Last June [12th, 2003].
Wilson Claimed His Book Would Enrich Debate
Wilson Admits In His Book That He Had Been Involved In â€œA Little Literary Flairâ€ When Talking To Reporters.
Wilson Claimed The CIA Provided Him With Information Related To The Iraq-Niger Uranium Transaction
â€œThe DO [Director Of Operations At The CIA] Reports Officer Told Committee Staff That He Did Not Provide The Former Ambassador With Any Information About The Source Or Details â€¦â€ (Senate Select Committee On Intelligence, â€œReport On The U.S. Intelligence Communityâ€™s Prewar Assessments On Iraq,â€ 7/7/04)
Wilson Claimed He Is A Non-Partisan â€œCentristâ€
Recently, Joe Wilson Refused To Admit He Is A Registered Democrat