Tag Archives: plamegate

Joe Wilson, Enemy of the People?

End Of An Affair,” Washington Post, 1 September 2006, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/31/AR2006083101460_pf.html (from Democratic Underground).

Thirteen months ago, I wrote of Joe Wilson’s reckless accusations. It is good to see the Washington Post, that left-of-center bullwark, now agrees with me

It follows that one of the most sensational charges leveled against the Bush White House — that it orchestrated the leak of Ms. Plame’s identity to ruin her career and thus punish Mr. Wilson — is untrue. The partisan clamor that followed the raising of that allegation by Mr. Wilson in the summer of 2003 led to the appointment of a special prosecutor, a costly and prolonged investigation, and the indictment of Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, on charges of perjury. All of that might have been avoided had Mr. Armitage’s identity been known three years ago.

Nevertheless, it now appears that the person most responsible for the end of Ms. Plame’s CIA career is Mr. Wilson. Mr. Wilson chose to go public with an explosive charge, claiming — falsely, as it turned out — that he had debunked reports of Iraqi uranium-shopping in Niger and that his report had circulated to senior administration officials. He ought to have expected that both those officials and journalists such as Mr. Novak would ask why a retired ambassador would have been sent on such a mission and that the answer would point to his wife. He diverted responsibility from himself and his false charges by claiming that President Bush’s closest aides had engaged in an illegal conspiracy. It’s unfortunate that so many people took him seriously.

Sometimes, news is funny. This isn’t. Valerie’s career was destroyed by her husband — a man who also tarred the reputation a moderate and well respected war hero.

Karl Rove v. Rogue CIA Agent Valerie Plame and Husband Joe Wilson

Spy Valerie and the rogue CIA,” by James Lewis, The American Thinker, 18 July 2005, http://www.americanthinker.com/articles.php?article_id=4656 (from private email).

While some parts of the article are over-the-top, Lewis of American Thinker does a good job dissecting the / / brouhaha

Is it self-defense by apparatchiks at the Central Intelligence Agency?

 

Behind the scenes, the single most important reason for the Valerie Plame/Joe Wilson farce is that CIA Director Porter Goss has finally started to clean house at Langley. Goss’s long-overdue shake-up is clearly backed by the White House, the top levels of the Pentagon and State Department, and the new National Director of Intelligence, John Negroponte.

Judging by Director Goss’s remarks at his Senate confirmation hearings, those whose jobs are most in danger include the CIA “experts” in WMD proliferation – Valerie Plame’s outfit – who completely failed to anticipate the Indian and Pakistani nukes, and just couldn’t figure out what was going on with Iraqi WMDs. Valerie Plame’s bosses are facing the axe for decades of failures.

 

Self-defense by the remnant of the Iron Triangle?

 

It could be a bloodbath, and the Permanent Establishment knows it.
The farcical Plame/Wilson assault on Karl Rove is a shot across the bow of the White House. The spook bureaucracy is fighting for its perks, hand-in-hand with the Democrats and the media. This is exactly the same iron triangle that destroyed Richard Nixon.

 

Government corruption, that required a whistle-blower?

 

Valerie Plame’s CIA bosses took care not to ask Mr. Wilson to sign a confidentiality agreement, routine in such cases, almost as if they wanted him to make a public fuss. They were not surprised, one might think, when Mr.

Wilson promptly took his story to New York Times Op-Ed Editor Gail Collins, one of the great Bush-haters of all time. As Joseph DiGenova, former US Attorney for DC, recently said, “The CIA isn’t stupid. They wanted this story out.”

 

Subversion? Or some other form of the CIA trying to control policy?

 

Telling lies to confirm somebody’s paranoid beliefs is a classic disinformation gambit, right out of Spy School 101. But such gambits would be far more usefully employed against al Qaeda, our opponent in war. If the United States is attacked again by terrorists, one reason will be that our CIA has wasted time fighting the White House rather than the enemy.

 

Karl Rove and Bloggers Stand Up to Joe Wilson’s Coup

The Real News About Karl Rove,” by Mark Safranski, ZenPundit, 14 July 2005, http://zenpundit.blogspot.com/2005/07/real-news-about-karl-rove-i-feel.html.

Mark Safranski on how and the MSM failed in their political “coup”:

 

Karl Rove is a brilliant bare-knuckle political operator and no saint but the likeliest legal outcome of this charade is that he did not, at least technically speaking, break the law by ” outing” a CIA clandestine officer engaged in covert operations, which Ms. Plame was not in any event. Given the unlikelihood of Judith Miller doing hard time for Mr. Rove, he’s obviously not ” the” source, though I can imagine he walked right up to any legal line in speaking to reporters. That’s how hardball is played in Washington and hardball is what the incredibly arrogant Joseph Wilson chose to play when the senior staff at Foggy Bottom and at Langely cooked up this gambit in order to torpedo the President’s foreign policy and, if they were really lucky, the President along with it.

In some countries, when the unelected insiders engage in secret machinations to oust their elected leaders it is called a coup.

Too strong a word ? Admiral Stansfield Turner, the Left’s favorite CIA director and no fan of the Bush administration, felt compelled to speak out in support of housecleaning at Langely:

 

“The CIA has got to be kept out of partisan politics,” said Stansfield Turner, who was CIA director under President Carter. “And it appears that they were leaking information to influence the election. Porter Goss has now got a difficult problem.”

 

The coup failed because the old oligopoly on public discourse of three major TV networks and two newspapers is broken. Would-be drumbeats orchestrated by elite powerbrokers through their media friends now dissolve into a cacophony of fact-checking, fisking, ridicule and a devastating counterattack if any chicanery is exposed. Chicanery that once would never have been detected, much less thwarted.

 

Thank you, . And thank you, new media.

Facts About Joe Wilson

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 ‘s whisteblowing of Democrat operative was so important:

Fact #1:

 

Wilson Said He Traveled To Niger At CIA Request To Help Provide Response To Vice President’s Office

 

but

 

Vice President Cheney: “I Don’t Know Joe Wilson. I’ve Never Met Joe Wilson. … And Joe Wilson – I Don’t [Know] Who Sent Joe Wilson. He Never Submitted A Report That I Ever Saw When He Came Back.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 9/14/03)

 

CIA Director George Tenet: “In An Effort To Inquire About Certain Reports Involving Niger, CIA’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.

 

Fact #2:

 

Wilson Claimed The Vice President And Other Senior White House Officials Were Briefed On His Niger Report:

 

but

 

The Senate Select Committee On Intelligence Reported That The Vice President Was Not Briefed On Wilson’s Report.

 

Fact #3:

 

Wilson Has Claimed His Niger Report Was Conclusive And Significant

 

but

 

Senate Select Committee On Intelligence Unanimous Report: “Conclusion 13. The Report On The Former Ambassador’s Trip To Niger, Disseminated In March 2002, Did Not Change Any Analysts’ Assessments Of The Iraq-Niger Uranium Deal.”

 

Fact #4:

 

Wilson Denied His Wife Suggested He Travel To Niger In 2002

 

but

 

Senate Select Committee On Intelligence Received Not Only Testimony But Actual Documentation Indicating Wilson’s Wife Proposed Him For Trip.

 

Fact #5:

 

Wilson Has Claimed His 1999 Trip To Niger Was Not Suggested By His Wife

 

but

 

“The former ambassador had traveled previously to Niger on the CIA’s behalf … 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 …”

 

Fact #6

 

Wilson Claimed He Was A Victim Of A Partisan Smear Campaign

 

but

 

Senate Intelligence Committee Unanimously Concluded That Wilson’s Report “Lent More Credibility” For Most Analysts “To The Original Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Reports.” “Conclusion 13. The report on the former ambassador’s trip to Niger, disseminated in March 2002, did not change any analysts’ 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.” (Select Committee On Intelligence, “Report On The U.S. Intelligence Community’s Prewar Intelligence Assessments On Iraq,” U.S. Senate, 7/7/04)

Members Of The Senate Select Committee On Intelligence That Wrote The Unanimous “Report On The U.S. Intelligence Community’s Prewar Intelligence Assessments On Iraq”:

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)

 

Fact #7:

 

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:

 

but

 

“The [Senate Select Committee On Intelligence] Report … Said Wilson Provided Misleading Information To The Washington Post Last June [12th, 2003].

 

Fact #8:

 

Wilson Claimed His Book Would Enrich Debate

 

but

 

Wilson Admits In His Book That He Had Been Involved In “A Little Literary Flair” When Talking To Reporters.

 

Fact #9:

 

Wilson Claimed The CIA Provided Him With Information Related To The Iraq-Niger Uranium Transaction

 

but

 

“The 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 …” (Senate Select Committee On Intelligence, “Report On The U.S. Intelligence Community’s Prewar Assessments On Iraq,” 7/7/04)

 

Fact #10:

 

Wilson Claimed He Is A Non-Partisan “Centrist”

 

but

 

Recently, Joe Wilson Refused To Admit He Is A Registered Democrat

Karl Rove, Whistleblower

Karl Rove, Whistleblower,” Wall Street Journal, 13 July 2005, http://opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110006955 (from Drudge Report).

A good editorial on the heroic actions of , who has (apparently) put his own job on the line to correct malicious lies other-than-fully-honest statements during the run-up to the Iraq Campaign

 

Democrats and most of the Beltway press corps are baying for Karl Rove’s head over his role in exposing a case of CIA nepotism involving Joe Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame. On the contrary, we’d say the White House political guru deserves a prize–perhaps the next iteration of the “Truth-Telling” award that The Nation magazine bestowed upon Mr. Wilson before the Senate Intelligence Committee exposed him as a fraud.

For Mr. Rove is turning out to be the real “whistleblower” in this whole sorry pseudo-scandal. He’s the one who warned Time’s Matthew Cooper and other reporters to be wary of Mr. Wilson’s credibility. He’s the one who told the press the truth that Mr. Wilson had been recommended for the CIA consulting gig by his wife, not by Vice President Dick Cheney as Mr. Wilson was asserting on the airwaves. In short, Mr. Rove provided important background so Americans could understand that Mr. Wilson wasn’t a whistleblower but was a partisan trying to discredit the Iraq War in an election campaign. Thank you, Mr. Rove.

Media chants aside, there’s no evidence that Mr. Rove broke any laws in telling reporters that Ms. Plame may have played a role in her husband’s selection for a 2002 mission to investigate reports that Iraq was seeking uranium ore in Niger. To be prosecuted under the 1982 Intelligence Identities Protection Act, Mr. Rove would had to have deliberately and maliciously exposed Ms. Plame knowing that she was an undercover agent and using information he’d obtained in an official capacity. But it appears Mr. Rove didn’t even know Ms. Plame’s name and had only heard about her work at Langley from other journalists.

 


Karl Rove, Hero

But his day in the political sun was short-lived. The bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report last July cited the note that Ms. Plame had sent recommending her husband for the Niger mission. “Interviews and documents provided to the Committee indicate that his wife, a CPD [Counterproliferation Division] employee, suggested his name for the trip,” said the report.

The same bipartisan report also pointed out that the forged documents Mr. Wilson claimed to have discredited hadn’t even entered intelligence channels until eight months after his trip. And it said the CIA interpreted the information he provided in his debrief as mildly supportive of the suspicion that Iraq had been seeking uranium in Niger.