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Paying Homage To Truth and Its Consequences [Wilson gets award for whining]
The Washington Post ^
| Reilly Capps
Posted on 10/16/2003 6:50:48 AM PDT by Gothmog
"Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers more than 30 years ago, was introduced at the National Press Club yesterday as 'the ultimate whistle-blower.' But, grinning from the dais, Ellsberg said he'd finally achieved another great ambition: to meet Joe Wilson's wife."
Joe Wilson was there to "receive the first Ron Ridenhour Award for Truth-Telling."
Wilson attacked Bush for fighting a war against terrorism in Iraq, but he "was most emotional when addressing his wife's exposure. 'I'm sorry for that,' he said, looking at her and fighting back tears. 'If I could give you back your anonymity . . . I would do it in a minute.'
"She sat quietly, wiping away a tear, as her husband added, 'Frankly, frog-marching is too good for those who decided that their political agenda was more important than either American national security or your life.'
"He also directly criticized Bush for the first time, saying he was 'appalled by the apparent nonchalance of the president of the United States. . . . His attitude toward this simply cannot stand.'"
His wife made a deal with the press not to photograph her.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
Oh, they're such heroes! They should both be brought up on charges of treason for conspiring to change a US policy they didn't agree with, but I doubt that's going to happen.
posted on 10/16/2003 6:50:49 AM PDT
She obviously is no longer qualified to work for the CIA, if she ever was,.....so she should be fired.
posted on 10/16/2003 6:54:37 AM PDT
They're from the other side.
Joe Wilson was there to "receive the first Ron Ridenhour Award for Truth-Telling."
In other news, it has been determined that black is white, up is down, and right is wrong.
posted on 10/16/2003 7:17:25 AM PDT
(Pray that God will grant wisdom to American voters.)
To: Wolfstar; seamole
posted on 10/16/2003 7:18:00 AM PDT
My bet is that Wilson is the leaker.
posted on 10/16/2003 7:31:18 AM PDT
Just FYI to ALL from 10/16/03 Newsday:
Valerie Plame "declined to be interviewed, but did acknowledge that the whole experience had been 'surreal'" for someone who had spent 'her whole career trying to stay out of the limelight.'" http://www.newsday.com/news/health/ny-usleak163496782oct16,0,1792381.story?coll=ny-health-headlines
Yeah, except when she listed her CIA cover on her public donation to Gore, when she attended swank political fundraisers, when she let her husband list her name in his public bios or when she helped send him to Niger and write an op-ed in the NYT. Wait, or when she had the WPost reporter over on July 4th right before her husband's op-ed.
posted on 10/16/2003 7:42:59 AM PDT
Someone agrees with you (check fourth paragraph): http://www.americandaily.com/item/3077
Thats Karl With A K, Right?
By Frank Salvato on 10/14/03
While accusations abound regarding the Joseph Wilson/Valerie Plame/CIA/White House controversy one thing is clear, it is a very serious situation that will have very serious consequences for whomever is responsible. But therein lays the question, who actually is responsible? At this point all we can do is wait to see what the Justice Department investigation, an investigation mandated by protocol, uncovers. But, it should be pointed out that there are many variables and reasons enough for both sides to have perpetrated the leak.
The first thing that we need to verify is whether Ms. Plame was actually a NOC or not. A NOC is a CIA operative that is working under non-official cover. For example, if she were working in a foreign country for the CIA but identified herself as working for ExxonMobil she would be a NOC. This does not however mean that she would have been operating as a spy in the classic sense, it simply means she would have been deceptive as to her affiliations. Further, we have to verify whether or not her NOC status had been deactivated if in fact she ever was classified as such. From all reports she was assigned to an analyst position to report and confirm issues regarding proliferation of unconventional weaponry. If her assignment is that of an analyst and the CIA had devalued the need for her actions to be considered covert then most of this would have to be considered moot.
One of the scenarios up for consideration is that the Bush Administration intentionally released Ms. Plumes name into the mainstream media because her husband publicly rebuked their stance on the issue of Saddam Husseins attempts to procure yellowcake uranium from Niger. Wilson has on several occasions pointed the finger at Presidential Adviser Karl Rove although he has no evidence to substantiate his claim. Even though this seems to be the scenario being shopped around by the Democrats and the liberal operatives in Washington DC, its likelihood is questionable. For someone with the enormous amount of political savvy such as Rove possesses to commit such a political blunder is highly unlikely. Yet it is interesting that Wilson would target someone who is important to President Bushs re-election, especially after it was disclosed that he is a contributor to Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry and had been a staunch supporter of Al Gores failed 2000 presidential campaign.
Another scenario that is starting to pickup steam is the assertion that Ms. Plames name was covertly released by members of the DNC and/or the liberal establishment in an effort to create a political issue custom made to benefit the Democrats going into the 2004 presidential election. While this scenario holds about as much water as the aforementioned scenario it is not without merit. With the economy recovering faster than the Democrats would have liked and the rifts between the United States and the European allies and Russians starting to be controlled, the issues the Democrats can slam the president on during the upcoming mudslinging festival known as the presidential election are starting to become few. As we have seen in the past, you cannot count anything out in politics and this scenario just may turn out to have a bit more merit than originally suspected. Wilson has been quoted as saying, "Neo-conservatives and religious conservatives have hijacked this administration, and I consider myself on a personal mission to destroy both," and that he wants to see Karl Rove led from the White House in handcuffs. This type of rhetoric not only lends credence to the notion that he very well could have set this entire situation up himself but that he could very well have altered the facts of his investigation regarding the yellowcake uranium to spite the Bush Administration. At the very least it demonstrates his hatred for the president and anyone who embraces hatred embraces the ability to do anything no matter how unsavory.
Then there is the distinct possibility that Ms. Plames status, employer and vocation were widely known and thus not as covert as those issuing the allegation might be willing to admit. Several reports from around Washington DC point out quite frankly that there were a plethora of people that knew of Ms. Plames situation and who could have quite easily provided the information for which the White House is being accused. Should this be the case, it would be quite a stretch for the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982 to apply to Ms. Plame and this situation specifically. In this scenario the only motivation would be political and the act itself could hardly be considered criminal in nature.
The one thing that is ironic though is that we now have Tom Daschle (D-SD), Carl Levin (D-MI), Joseph Biden (D-DE) and Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) sending a letter to Attorney General John Ashcroft requesting an independent counsel to head up the investigation. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have also chimed in about the possibility. The irony lays in the fact that every one of these liberal political operatives couldnt get rid of the independent councils office fast enough when the legislation providing for its existence expired in 1999. Handicapped by their own lack of foresight these Democrats and liberal icons are now faced with the prospect of looking like hypocrites, incompetents or both.
Obviously the Democrats would like to see an independent council appointed to carry out an investigation with hopes that he or she would conduct a politically bloody inquiry lasting well into November of 2004 and perhaps beyond. The idea that such a scenario could play out can only strike a chord with the malicious amongst the Democratic Party, and herein lays the quandary. It is too perfect. It is centered on the idea that someone seasoned in politics at the highest level would be stupid enough to be that vindictive. While the Democrats and liberals of this country love to believe that President Bush, Republicans, and conservatives in general are that stupid, past actions and the facts of this matter indicate otherwise in a fairly convincing fashion.
Common sense leads me to believe the scenario that will turn out to be the most legitimate will be the one with the most politics attached and right now that pendulum has swung to the left, far to the left.
Frank Salvato is a political media consultant, a freelance writer from the Midwest and the Managing Editor for www.TheRant.us. He is a contributing writer to The Washington Dispatch, OpinionEditorials.com and Townhall.com. He has appeared as a guest panelist on The OReilly Factor and his pieces are occasionally featured in The Washington Times as well as other national publications. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
posted on 10/16/2003 7:45:29 AM PDT
INTREP - PLAME
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