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Washington Post Says CIA Angry Over Talon News 'Leak' Story; Ashcroft Steps Down from Investigation
Talon News ^ | December 31, 2003 | Bobby Eberle

Posted on 12/31/2003 3:45:51 PM PST by Jeff Gannon

HOUSTON (Talon News) -- The Washington Post reported Friday that according to their sources, the Central Intelligence Agency believes people in the Bush administration are continuing to release classified information to damage figures at the center of the Niger "yellowcake" controversy.

According to the Washington Post story, the CIA has alleged that one or more senior administration officials revealed the name of a covert operative to columnist Robert Novak. The complaint has led to an FBI investigation of the White House to determine circumstances surrounding the release of the identity of Valerie Plame to the media.

Plame's husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, claims someone at the White House sought to destroy his wife's career because of the report he filed after his mission to Africa in 2002. Wilson disputed the administration's statements about Saddam Hussein's efforts to buy uranium from Niger to advance his WMD programs.

The Washington Post cites an unnamed source who says, "The CIA is angry about the circulation of a still-classified document to conservative news outlets." They point to a memo referenced in a Talon News interview of Wilson that suggests his wife was instrumental in his selection for the fact-finding trip to Africa.

Talon News was the only service identified by the Washington Post as having knowledge of the memo's existence. The newspaper goes on to say that CIA officials have challenged the accuracy of the document purportedly written by a State Department official who works for the Bureau of Intelligence and Research.

Jeff Gannon, the White House correspondent and Washington Bureau Chief for Talon News declined to reveal whether he had seen the memo or had its contents described to him.

While he would not disclose his source, Gannon said, "I will tell you that the information did not come from inside the administration."

"For something that is supposed to be classified, it seems that this document is easily accessible," Gannon added. "Washington is leaking like a cheap umbrella. Just look at what's happening over on Capitol Hill."

Gannon was referring to private Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committee memos that have been leaked to various media outlets in the last few months.

Gannon's exclusive interview with Wilson focused on the many unanswered questions about the "outing" of his wife.

Gannon points out that other possibilities exist which might explain how Plame's name was revealed without the malice that Wilson believes was retribution for his decision to go public with criticism of the White House.

"When Bob Novak asked why a known partisan like Wilson would be sent on a critical mission to help the administration build its case to go to war with Iraq, the answer might have been that his wife got him the job, not realizing her identity was classified," Gannon said. "It's not as if nepotism is unheard of in Washington."

The Talon News reporter added, "Some people out there see a clandestine war going on between the White House and the CIA. It is generally perceived that a substantial amount of blame for intelligence failures that otherwise might have prevented the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 has been laid at the agency's doorstep by the administration. They suggest the agency is fighting back with an allegation of a wrongdoing in the Plame matter."

In related matters, Attorney General John Ashcroft recused himself from the leak investigation on Tuesday and called on Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the U.S. Attorney in Chicago, to serve as a special prosecutor.

Fitzgerald led the investigation of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, who was charged with 22 counts of corruption.

In a Tuesday press conference, Deputy Attorney General James Comey said that Ashcroft's decision was not based on a conflict of interest but rather the desire to eliminate any appearance of conflict or favoritism.

"The attorney general in an abundance of caution believed that his recusal was appropriate based on the totality of the circumstances and the facts and evidence developed at this stage of the investigation," Comey said. "I agree with that judgment."

Copyright © 2003 Talon News -- All rights reserved.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: agitprop; beatingadeadhorse; cia; ciacoup; cialeak; leak; probe; yellowcake
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1 posted on 12/31/2003 3:45:52 PM PST by Jeff Gannon
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To: Jeff Gannon
Good for you.

You read the Vanity Fair article on the lovely pair?
2 posted on 12/31/2003 3:55:56 PM PST by Shermy
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To: Shermy
Didnt I read somewhere that Wilson said his wifey was an agent in his own autobiography?
Is there any truth in that?
3 posted on 12/31/2003 3:57:58 PM PST by mylife
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To: Shermy
I read the article and found it to be fair, but incomplete. What do you expect for a glossy magazine that also features a headline on Charles & Diana, Liza and David?
4 posted on 12/31/2003 4:00:07 PM PST by Jeff Gannon
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To: Jeff Gannon
If he doesnt' quit, George W. Bush will fire George Tenet on November 3rd, the day after his landslide re-election.

He's been disloyal, and the Bushes don't brook disloyalty.

5 posted on 12/31/2003 4:00:17 PM PST by sinkspur (Adopt a shelter dog or cat! You'll save one life, and maybe two!)
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To: Jeff Gannon
We are so lucky to have John Ashcroft as our Attorney General. He behaves with class and dignity all the while the left is blasting him for the very air he breathes.
6 posted on 12/31/2003 4:07:37 PM PST by OldFriend (Always understand, even if you remain among the few)
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To: Jeff Gannon
I read the article and found it to be fair, but incomplete.

Incomplete, for one, that it failed to mention his advisory role in the Kerry campaign. Even if irrelevant to his claims, it's relevant to his background story, which made the omission quite glaring.

For me the most interesting parts were those given short shrift.

It reminded me of the Ed Bradley interview with Jackson...his purpose wasn't to hang him, but some interesting nuggets for further inquiry came up. Same with the Vanity Fair article, and VF was trying more than Bradley to appease its subject.

The parts I'm speaking about were those about his business. There was a brief mention that Wilson had solicited a gold mining license in Niger on behalf of a private party. Soooo, was he soliciting this deal from the Niger govt at the same time he was exonerating the Niger govt. from UN sanctions busting conduct? Indeed, is that why he was going to Niger in the first place? And further, he has several business dealings, or attempts at, in that region of Africa.

Other interesting bits were his connection to Rock Creek Corp. and Saudis - two other issues he dodged, or weren't put directly to him.

Then there's his second wife of several years...hard to tell by the article, but she might have been part of the French diplomatic corps.

He's an interesting character, for sure.

7 posted on 12/31/2003 4:13:33 PM PST by Shermy
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To: Jeff Gannon
Outing a CIA agent is just dumb. Seems to me that the political mechanisms in Washington always put a premium on go along, get along, or you'll get yours—regardless of party affiliations. Appointment of a special council is the best thing that could have happened for Bush's reelection campaign. There is no place for political retribution within the diplomatic and security spheres. Let the chips fall where they may and if someone's political motives were placed ahead of the national interest, cut'em loose. Better to take the medicine and put it behind us.
8 posted on 12/31/2003 4:21:30 PM PST by almcate
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To: Jeff Gannon
bump
9 posted on 12/31/2003 4:24:17 PM PST by RippleFire
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To: Jeff Gannon
The Washington Post headlined it as : "Ashcroft Recused ",which is a fairly blatant way of suggesting Ashcroft was somehow compelled to step aside.

One should not be too surprised, I suppose, at an intensely partisan newspaper trying to turn an ethically correct move into something sinister.

It is also amazing to see Wilson on TV,claiming his wife had a "covert" job. She didn't. She was an Analyst,who worked at a desk alongside hundreds of others with similar low-to-medium-level employees.

10 posted on 12/31/2003 4:26:39 PM PST by genefromjersey (So little time - so many FLAMES to light !!)
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To: almcate
But, what if some marginal and duplicitous agents are being outed to end their errant ways. Mainly the destruction of this country. Especially if they are Dumocrat fellow travelers.
11 posted on 12/31/2003 4:27:17 PM PST by marty60
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To: Jeff Gannon
I think the article left something out:

“At the end of the day it's of keen interest to me to see whether or not we can get Karl Rove frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs.” - Former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV

12 posted on 12/31/2003 4:29:53 PM PST by mewzilla
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To: genefromjersey
I have thought the CIA had been castrated when the Thing and the Things wife took control. Their group in the 60's hated the CIA and would do anything to destroy it. Having mediocre people there is just as effective as a spy. Re:911.
13 posted on 12/31/2003 4:30:07 PM PST by marty60
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To: almcate; Admin Moderator
almcate
Since Dec 31, 2003

Bye Bye!!!
14 posted on 12/31/2003 4:31:36 PM PST by Pubbie (* Bill Owens 2008 *)
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To: genefromjersey
It is also amazing to see Wilson on TV,claiming his wife had a "covert" job. She didn't. She was an Analyst,who worked at a desk alongside hundreds of others with similar low-to-medium-level employees.

That seems to be the main thing at issue. Some accounts I've read claim her "analyst" job is just cover for her real spy job. This thing has Set-Up painted all over it, but the Usual Suspects hope to turn it into a new Watergate.

15 posted on 12/31/2003 4:35:49 PM PST by Bernard Marx ("Do what you are afraid to do." Anonymous.)
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To: Bernard Marx
The Usual Suspects should be careful what they wish for...
16 posted on 12/31/2003 4:40:01 PM PST by mewzilla
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To: Jeff Gannon
The Washington Post cites an unnamed source who says, "The CIA is angry about the circulation of a still-classified document to conservative news outlets."

Or, as another might say, "There are still many Clinton people infecting our agencies."

17 posted on 12/31/2003 4:41:37 PM PST by af_vet_1981
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To: marty60
I have thought the CIA had been castrated when the Thing and the Things wife took control.

Infiltrated is a more apt characterization.

18 posted on 12/31/2003 4:42:23 PM PST by af_vet_1981
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To: Pubbie
A made sense to me - whats with the Bye Bye?
19 posted on 12/31/2003 4:42:44 PM PST by corkoman (Logged in - have you?)
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To: Jeff Gannon
Just wish the media liberal WHORES were that STRENUOUS over the MEMOGATE scandal!! I hate those bastard reporters!!
20 posted on 12/31/2003 4:42:48 PM PST by RoseofTexas (r)
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To: mewzilla
I think the bottom line is Wilson outed his own wife. He chose to out a secret mission to Nigeria he did. He was very partisan about it, and very, very public.

His mission was trivial by his own admission, staying in a hotel for eight days drinking tea. His mission was so failed the CIA did not bother to write it up. The question Novak (or anyother good journalist for that matter) should be asking is: Who is the Moron that sent Ambassador Wilson to Nigeria?

When the CIA said his wife recommended him...the moron alert goes higher. The CIA was doing a crappy job of intelligence, and this was one doozy of a lapse. Wilson should be in jail for outing his mission, and his wife. The CIA was attempting to get Bush, and they suffered. They should have been giving Bush good info.

Jail Wilson for outing his foolish mission. Kick Plame out of the CIA for having a moron for a husband (national security reasons). And start the real investigation of the Intelligence Committee for treason.

DK

21 posted on 12/31/2003 4:42:58 PM PST by Dark Knight
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To: Dark Knight
I'm still waiting to hear just who it was that sent Wilson on his little mission. And who the Beeb's CIA leaker was. Inquiring minds want to know.
22 posted on 12/31/2003 4:44:43 PM PST by mewzilla
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To: Shermy; Jeff Gannon
I read the article and found it to be fair, but incomplete.

Something else the VF story left out -- and which the mainstream media has consistently failed to mention -- Plame's boss quit the agency. Hastily and with little notice. In August, just a month after the phit hit the shan.

Wanted to "spend more time with the family"...

23 posted on 12/31/2003 4:48:07 PM PST by okie01 (www.ArmorforCongress.com...because Congress isn't for the morally halt and the mentally lame.)
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To: okie01
Do you remember the name???
24 posted on 12/31/2003 4:50:52 PM PST by Shermy
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To: Shermy
Deputy Attorney General James Comey said that Ashcroft's decision was not based on a conflict of interest but rather the desire to eliminate any appearance of conflict or favoritism.

It is already known who the leakers are, and they are not on our side. There are trouble makers in the CIA, and they are about to be outed.

25 posted on 12/31/2003 4:51:57 PM PST by woodyinscc
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To: Shermy; Wolfstar
Here is a great recap of the events of this story.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/993741/posts
26 posted on 12/31/2003 5:02:31 PM PST by woodyinscc
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To: Shermy
Alan Foley. From Reuters...

Head of CIA Weapons Analysis Program Leaving - A top CIA expert on weapons of mass destruction, who became embroiled in controversy over whether the White House stretched evidence about Iraq's programs, said he planned to leave the agency in October. - Alan Foley, who heads the Weapons Intelligence, Nonproliferation, and Arms Control Center, told colleagues in a note dated Aug. 29 that he had been "thinking about life after the agency for some time" and decided to leave after 26 years to enter the private sector. - He alluded to this summer's finger-pointing between the Central Intelligence Agency and the White House over who was responsible for an unsubstantiated claim in President Bush's State of the Union address in January that Iraq had sought uranium from Africa.

Oddly, I don't recall ever seeing a news story that linked Foley to Plame, in any way. Not so much as a cross-reference in a story about Foley's resignation -- "the man who was Plame's superior..." -- nor in any account covering Plame/Wilson (as in "subsequently, Ms. Plame's superior, Alan Foley, resigned as head of...")

This connection was totally missed by the mainstream media. Even Walter Pincus never made the connection...

27 posted on 12/31/2003 5:20:46 PM PST by okie01 (www.ArmorforCongress.com...because Congress isn't for the morally halt and the mentally lame.)
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To: Pubbie
huh?
28 posted on 12/31/2003 5:32:53 PM PST by almcate
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To: okie01; pinz-n-needlez; Reb Raider; Peach; seamole
"Oddly, I don't recall ever seeing a news story that linked Foley to Plame"

I'm with you - the Foley "retirement" was kept very quiet. It's also interesting the the State Dept Bureau of Intelligence and Research keeps popping up. Walter Pincus' wife worked there along with another Clintonite named Gregg Theilman. Without looking, my guess is that the Wash. Post article referred to in this story was written by.....Walter Pincus.
29 posted on 12/31/2003 5:38:22 PM PST by Ben Hecks
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To: Jeff Gannon
"Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the U.S. Attorney in Chicago"

BINGO! This guy's nickname is "Elliot Ness". I wonder if the dems now think they would have been better off with Ashcroft ..?? ROTFLOL! Talk about sticking your foot in your mouth .. Daschle and Levin wrote letters to Ashcroft and TOLD him to recuse himself.
30 posted on 12/31/2003 6:21:21 PM PST by The Final Harvest (America is the greatest force for good on the planet ..!!)
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To: sinkspur
Do you have some evidence that Tenant has been disloyal ..??
31 posted on 12/31/2003 6:22:45 PM PST by The Final Harvest (America is the greatest force for good on the planet ..!!)
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To: Dark Knight
"CIA was attempting to get Bush"

I don't think the CIA is the culprit here .. I think a Clinton admin appointee who was a holdover within the CIA (along with the Wilsons), is the real culprit.

In the runup to the war .. Bill Clinton met with Blair in the UK and told Blair that if he stuck with Bush (going to war), Blair would lose his job. How could Bill Clinton make that claim ..?? Bill had to know about the Wilson project and that Wilson was going to "expose" his stupid trip .. which I believe Hillary planned with the assistance of Wilson's wife. The Wilsons held fund raisers for the Clintons .. you have to be in the Clintons' inner circle to do that.

This whole Wilson issue is a Hillary project to make Bush and Blair look like they lied and they're incompetent. It didn't work!
32 posted on 12/31/2003 6:45:03 PM PST by The Final Harvest (America is the greatest force for good on the planet ..!!)
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To: CyberAnt
I don't think we disagree. I used the blanket CIA, after all the eight years of appointees to the agency, they were no longer doing their core job, just like so many other shams going on under that administration. Eight years of bureacracy doesn't die in one or two, and the Homeland Security Act made a lot of Clinton holdovers very nervous.

Think of it this way, Plame had a security risk for a husband. A man that leaks info about his secret missions for the CIA for political reasons, against the standing president. Valerie Plame was not discharged immediately after her spouse did that. Give her a post on the USO Tour, or wanding passengers at an airport, but nothing that says secret should pass her hands again. She, Wilson and the people that shield that desk set, are the CIA.

How long it will take to root out those weasels and moles is another story and I think we agree, they need to be weeded out.

DK
33 posted on 12/31/2003 7:39:42 PM PST by Dark Knight
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To: CyberAnt
Do you have some evidence that Tenant has been disloyal ..??

Yes. This whole Plame thing is disloyalty, and payback for Bush ignoring Tenant's misgivings about yellowcake, even though British Intelligence stands by, to this day, its contention that Hussein was seeking yellowcake, actively.

Novak revealed Plame's identity in June; suddenly, in September, the CIA raises a stink about it.

Payback works both ways.

34 posted on 12/31/2003 8:09:27 PM PST by sinkspur (Adopt a shelter dog or cat! You'll save one life, and maybe two!)
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To: Dark Knight
Yes, we do agree that the CIA needs a house cleaning, if President Bush is ever to get the clear information he needs to make some tough decisions.

However .. I still believe Hillary is involved in this Wilson thing .. right up to her eyebrows. I will be shocked if she didn't plan it.
35 posted on 12/31/2003 9:38:01 PM PST by The Final Harvest (America is the greatest force for good on the planet ..!!)
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To: CyberAnt
It does smack of her, but Kerry isn't her perfumed candidate. What are her ties to Wilson? And how do we get that out in a rational way?

DK
36 posted on 12/31/2003 9:41:06 PM PST by Dark Knight
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To: sinkspur
You're blaming Tenant for the Wilson mess ..?? Believe me when I tell you Hillary is behind this .. no one else. I'm confident Hillary has many leftovers from their admin within the CIA that she can take advantage of.
37 posted on 12/31/2003 9:50:22 PM PST by The Final Harvest (America is the greatest force for good on the planet ..!!)
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To: mylife
Well, sort of. He names his wife's name in his biography for EPIC (Education for Peace in Iraq Center), which is a (very) left-wing group that basically supports Palestanian and Arab causes and opposes everything Israel does.

Here is the link to the webpage where "Valerie Plame"'s name appears. The sentence reads, "He is married to the former Valerie Plame..."

"Everyone" in Washington (meaning it was common knowledge in the DC social circles) knew that she worked for the CIA. Most assumed she was an analyst, which is what she actually was at the time of the Novak story. Once the story broke, it was reported that she was an agent.

Here are a few stories that fully explain the whole situation:

Scandal! by Clifford May

No Yellowcake Walk by Clifford May

Spy Games by Clifford May

We had a real "flame war" about the Valarie Plame situation. There were a lot of newbies (most likely DU'ers) that flooded FR when the story started breaking.

FREEPER "Wolfstar" did some really good research on this situation. Here is a link to the FR post where he published his findings. It is a VERY revealing read. I have a version of what Wolfstar put together in an HTML file that can be attached easily to an email. If you want a copy, drop me a FREEPmail with a regular email address, and I will be happy to forward.

All you really have to know is that Wilson hates Bush and the whole thing was a set up that is being argued over the phrase "significant amounts".

The whole situation summed up is that Wilson did find evidence that Iraq was seeking uranium from Niger, but it was a "significant amount". Wilson discounts it. The President cited British intelligence in SOTU address. Wilson flips out and thinks the President was talking about his "intelligence gathering" trip to Niger. He writes an article saying there was no uranium. Novak starts asking why, of all people, was Wilson sent to Niger in the first place. His research (asking around to some "insiders") revealed that Wilson's wife worked for the CIA and while she didn't make the decision, she facilitate him as the emissary for the trip to Niger. Novak asks the CIA rep her status, they didn't tell him that she was an agent and that she, or other, might be at risk if he revealed the name. Novak "throws in" the fact that "Wilson's wife, Valarie Plame" works for the CIA, which gets to at least one of the reasons he was sent.

Boom! Story breaks. Wilson has his opening and blows the whole thing out of portion, just to make the Bush administration (whom Mr. Wilson eloquent and publicly refers to as ""Fu##ing A$$holes and "Thugs") look bad.

That about sums up the whole story.

38 posted on 12/31/2003 9:52:55 PM PST by mattdono (Big Arnie: "Crush the democrats, drive them before you, and hear the lamentations of the scumbags.")
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To: Jeff Gannon
Bump!
39 posted on 12/31/2003 10:06:58 PM PST by auboy (I'm out here on the front lines, sleep in peace tonight–American Soldier–Toby Keith, Chuck Cannon)
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To: mattdono
Thanks mate..most of these deals are complicated I knew a FReeper would have the links.


Happy new year FRiend
40 posted on 12/31/2003 10:19:03 PM PST by mylife
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To: Dark Knight
Wilson and his wife held fundraisers for the Clintons. You don't do that unless you are part of the inner circle.

FOX has shown a couple of clips of the Wilsons at WH functions with the Clintons. I've heard, but I don't have proof, that Hillary and Valerie were friends (as much as you can be friends with Hillary).

I believe Hillary encouraged Valerie to suggest her husband; that it was PLANNED for Wilson to do nothing about the Niger info (to sit and sip tea); that it was PLANNED for Wilson to expose the flawed trip; that Wilson did that in order to say that he gave a verbal report to Cheney but was not listened to. Of course, we do know that Cheney denied ever speaking to Wilson regarding the Niger trip.

This is so obviously a Hillary scheme .. it just reeks of her deception and intimidation type of plan. The problem is this: Hillary has not figured out - she's not good at plans. After all .. it was her plan to ignore the Paula Jones affair, and the Lewinsky affair. She also messed up the takeover of the medical insurance so badly .. she never tried to do anything more while she was in the WH. The other thing Hillary doesn't seem to realize is that she cannot do this stuff with impunity anymore. The conservative media will hold her accountable.
41 posted on 12/31/2003 11:02:02 PM PST by The Final Harvest (America is the greatest force for good on the planet ..!!)
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To: CyberAnt
Thanks for the fill in. I did not realize how close Plame was to Hillary. I just can't get over how they will chose self over country. I'm just too old fashioned.

DK
42 posted on 01/01/2004 1:25:03 AM PST by Dark Knight
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To: Big Midget
Read this article and see if it explains why those of us that have followed this story closely see it a little differently than you.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/999405/posts
44 posted on 01/01/2004 3:51:35 AM PST by Reb Raider
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To: sinkspur; Jeff Gannon
Tenet should be fired for gross incompetence, at the very least. Although many field agents have done excellent work in Afghanistan and Iraq, Tenet's CIA has compiled a stunning record of mistakes and misjudgements. Here's a few of the worst examples:

Again, despite the fact that many CIA field agents have done a fine job in this post-9/11 era, Tenet and the senior management at CIA have much to answer for. If, as this article asserts, there is a "clandestine war" going on between the CIA and this White House, it would not be because the CIA feels it's being unjustly blamed for pre-9/11 intelligence failures. I believe it would be to cover the tracks of their common Clinton-era failing: monumental negligence. They would also want to direct focus and blame for their post-9/11 failures elsewhere. BTW, not only is Tenet a Clinton appointee, but so is the #2 man at CIA. John E. McLaughlin was appointed by Clinton during his lame-duck period, and took office on June 28, 2000. So, in all likelihood, there's also a Dem vs. Rep. ideological reason as well.

President George W. Bush was in office barely 7 1/2 months on 9/11/01. After a transition period shortened by the Florida fiasco, only his cabinet-secretary-level appointees were confirmed and on the job on that fateful day. The new FBI director had just taken office a few days prior. I suspect the President wanted continuity at CIA during some of the darkest days our country has ever known.

Hopefully you are right, Sinkspur, and that should he be reelected, Dubya will appoint both a new CIA director and deputy director. I suspect Tenet will, unfortunately, never be held to account for his failures — as seems to be the case with the entire Clinton administration.

45 posted on 01/01/2004 12:30:39 PM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush — the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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To: almcate
Outing a CIA agent is just dumb.

1. There is a serious question as to whether or not she was an AGENT or an ANALYST. Two very different jobs.

2. There is also a very serious question as to whether or not she was truly "outed" (as you put it) by Novak's piece, or if that article simply provided an excuse the Left jumped on to try and whip up a "scandal" against Bush. By all accounts, the woman was known on the Washington social scene. Long before her name became public in Novak's column, she was mentioned by Wilson, himself, in his own official bio (which can easily be found on the internet).

46 posted on 01/01/2004 12:38:27 PM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush — the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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To: woodyinscc
Thanks for posting the link to my thread. The more people who read for themselves the outline of what was almost certainly a Leftist set up to create a scandal for the Bush presidency, the better.
47 posted on 01/01/2004 12:44:17 PM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush — the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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To: okie01; woodyinscc
Even Walter Pincus never made the connection...

Pincus would have no reason to because he was Wilson's chief media member of the setup to create a Bush administration scandal.

BTW, thanks to Sean Hannity's acquisition of that memo from Sen. Rockefeller's office, we now have proof positive that the Left/Dems were plotting to do exactly that — manufacture a scandal with which to tar President Bush.

I'm deeply concerned that Ashcroft's recusal is a signal that the wrong person or people are going to go down for this phony scandal, and that once again the Leftist cabal that set it all up will get away completely free.

48 posted on 01/01/2004 12:51:12 PM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush — the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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To: mattdono
Hi, mattdono. Happy New Year. Thanks for continuing to spread the word about the setup. As I mentioned in another post on this thread, thanks to Sean Hannity's acquisition of that memo from Sen. Rockefeller's office, we now have confirmation that the Left/Dems were plotting to drum up a scandal with which to tar President Bush — whether or not there was an actual basis for a scandal.
49 posted on 01/01/2004 12:58:38 PM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush — the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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To: Big Midget
IF a law was broken regarding the supposed "outing" of Plame, then whoever did it should be prosecuted. However, there is a huge open question as to whether or not such is the case. As for the context in which the Novak article appeared, it most certainly does matter. Why? It's seditious, if not treasonous — and possibly even a criminal conspiracy — to attempt to manufacture a phony scandal to bring down a sitting president. It's all of those things in peacetime, but is especially egregious during a time of war.
50 posted on 01/01/2004 1:05:14 PM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush — the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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