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Ex-Ambassador Wilson to Name Names
AP via Yahoo ^ | March 2, 2004 | Curt Anderson

Posted on 03/03/2004 11:58:03 AM PST by Quilla

Former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson will reveal the name of the person he thinks leaked his wife's identity as an undercover CIA (news - web sites) officer in a book due out in May, his publisher said Tuesday.

A federal grand jury has heard testimony from at least four White House officials in its investigation to identify the leaker of Valerie Plame's name to syndicated columnist Robert Novak, who published the name in his syndicated column last July. Numerous other officials have been interviewed by the FBI (news - web sites).

Spokeswoman Karen Auerbach of the Avalon Publishing Group in New York said she did not know the identity of the purported leaker.

Novak said in his July 14 column that his sources were two unidentified senior administration officials. Novak has not commented about the matter during the grand jury investigation.

Wilson's book, "The Politics of Truth," is scheduled to come out May 20.

Publication of the book and Wilson's accompanying promotional tour could have political overtones because he is now a foreign policy adviser to Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry (news - web sites). Democrats are seeking to raise questions of credibility in the minds of voters about the reasons President Bush (news - web sites) went to war.

Wilson did not return telephone calls seeking comment for this story. He has previously contended that White House political adviser Karl Rove condoned the leak but was not the actual leaker.

After Novak's column appeared, Wilson said other reporters told him that Rove had characterized Plame as "fair game" because of Wilson's criticism of the White House's uses of intelligence before the Iraq (news - web sites) war.

The White House has repeatedly denied that Rove was the leaker.

Wilson was enlisted by the CIA to investigate whether Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger. He said he found no evidence of such an attempt and has accused the Bush administration of exaggerating Iraq's nuclear capabilities to build support for war.

A description of the book on the publishing company's Web site says Wilson's conclusions about the Niger uranium were "brushed aside" by the administration.

The grand jury has continued to meet regularly in Washington under the direction of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald of Chicago, who was appointed by Deputy Attorney General James Comey to oversee the probe. Attorney General John Ashcroft (news - web sites) disqualified himself from the case in December in the face of Democratic criticism of his close political ties to the White House.

The leaker could be charged with a felony that carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cialeak; josephwilson; kerry; plame; wilson
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So Wilson's now advising Kerry on foreign affairs. What a horrid little man.
1 posted on 03/03/2004 11:58:04 AM PST by Quilla
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To: okie01; PhiKapMom; Shermy
ping - Wilson's at it again.
2 posted on 03/03/2004 11:59:34 AM PST by dirtboy (Howard, we hardly knew ye. Not that we're complaining, mind you...)
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To: Quilla
The yellow cake is getting moldy.
3 posted on 03/03/2004 12:00:42 PM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: Quilla
"Joseph C. Wilson will reveal the name of the person he thinks leaked his wife's identity"

Lets see if the media puts any emphasis on the word "thinks" in wilsons statement.
4 posted on 03/03/2004 12:01:14 PM PST by cripplecreek (you win wars by making the other dumb SOB die for his country)
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To: Quilla
Wilson will reveal the name of the person he thinks leaked his wife's identity

Who he thinks leaked is irrelevant. besides, I think it was Kerry.

5 posted on 03/03/2004 12:01:43 PM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: Quilla; Shermy
Slick and slimy little man!
6 posted on 03/03/2004 12:02:50 PM PST by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: 1Old Pro
First the spread in Vanity Fair and now a book. Wilson thinks he IS somebody. I think he loves the attention.
7 posted on 03/03/2004 12:03:43 PM PST by Quilla
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To: 1Old Pro
personally i THINK it was wilson himself. Besides interviews and photoshoots dont lend much credibility to the Wilsons claims they want no limelight on themselves.
8 posted on 03/03/2004 12:03:52 PM PST by cripplecreek (you win wars by making the other dumb SOB die for his country)
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To: Quilla
He's so distraught that he's attempting to profit on it in a book...

Real honorable man...
9 posted on 03/03/2004 12:04:33 PM PST by DB ()
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To: Quilla
"Former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson will reveal the name of the person he thinks leaked his wife's identity as an undercover CIA Officer"

Big Friggin Deal!, I think it was his Wife's boss who leaked the name,

10 posted on 03/03/2004 12:04:50 PM PST by MJY1288 (There's no leaders on the path of least resistance, ask John Kerry, he's been paving it for 32 yrs.)
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To: Quilla
Wilson's been writing a book? Who knew?
11 posted on 03/03/2004 12:05:30 PM PST by savedbygrace
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To: Quilla
Nobody cares who leaked. Nobody cares.
12 posted on 03/03/2004 12:07:34 PM PST by Taliesan (fiction police)
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To: Quilla
Old Joe got a taste of stardom, wait until he runs out of his usefulness....
13 posted on 03/03/2004 12:07:45 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: savedbygrace
Wilson's been writing a book? Who knew?

The only subject he's an expert in is African Sweet Tea.

14 posted on 03/03/2004 12:07:49 PM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: Semper Paratus; dirtboy; okie01; gaspar
Wilson has been a Kerry operative since at least mid-2003. He is one of Kerry's foreign policy advisers and has campaign publicly for Kerry in at least New Hampshire and Washington state.

This book is a new way of campaigning. Bush better get ready with the "British intelligence" and the truth about Wilson's laughable foray into Niger where he just couldn't believe a French mining company would cheat.

BTW, at least one French paper treated him glowingly and called him a "Francophile". Sound familiar?
15 posted on 03/03/2004 12:09:12 PM PST by Shermy
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To: Quilla
Joseph C. Wilson will reveal the name of the person he thinks leaked his wife's identity as an undercover CIA

Why would anyone care what this jerk thinks or want to publish a book on his speculations? What a little weasel this guy is.

16 posted on 03/03/2004 12:09:17 PM PST by westerfield
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To: Quilla
In his book "The Politics of Truth" he says his wife worked for the CIA. He's the leaker. All you had to do is find out who his wife was.
Reporters are smart enough to figure that one out! Sheesh!
He's just trying to blame his political opponents but he did it himself.
17 posted on 03/03/2004 12:09:52 PM PST by concerned about politics ( Liberals are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: cripplecreek
Ah yes, Joe Wilson follows in the footsteps of John Dean, who is still trying capitalize on his White House "service" during the days of Watergate.

Dean published a book last year or the year before in which he promised to reveal the identity of Deep Throat. He was disappointed to learn that no one cared.

Check out Dean's Watergate era autobiography. The book opens with something along the lines of, "I was young and fabulous, with blond hair, and I was driving my Porsche . . " I'm paraphrasing, but do you see a theme here?

(think about the Vanity Fair picture of Wilson in his Jaguar)

18 posted on 03/03/2004 12:09:55 PM PST by Spotsy (Bush-Cheney '04)
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To: Quilla
Joseph C. Wilson will reveal the name of the person he thinks leaked his wife's identity as an undercover CIA officer in a book due out in May

Obviously, he and the Mrs are more interested in lining their pockets off this scandal than in seeing any justice done. Even more evidence that this whole affair is completely contrived.

19 posted on 03/03/2004 12:10:14 PM PST by SpyGuy
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To: Taliesan
Nobody cares who leaked. Nobody cares.

He certainly doesn't. See his Vanity Fair piece? Has he complained about the "intelligence officials" at Newsday who also leaked?

20 posted on 03/03/2004 12:10:28 PM PST by Shermy
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To: Quilla
...And the name is...Joseph C. Wilson.
21 posted on 03/03/2004 12:10:29 PM PST by onedoug
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To: concerned about politics
When was "Politics of Truth" published?
22 posted on 03/03/2004 12:10:40 PM PST by Spotsy (Bush-Cheney '04)
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To: Spotsy
Think about Joe Wilson as Kerry's Secretary of State.

He's campaigning for himself, and for Kerry.
23 posted on 03/03/2004 12:12:38 PM PST by Shermy
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To: Taliesan
"Nobody cares who leaked."

You better tell the Grand Jury - quick - so they can go home and continue their lives.
24 posted on 03/03/2004 12:12:49 PM PST by familyofman
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To: dirtboy
Let him name names, let the names sue and that have him prove it.
25 posted on 03/03/2004 12:13:33 PM PST by Hildy
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To: Quilla
Democrats are seeking to raise questions of credibility in the minds of voters about the reasons President Bush went to war.

Noooo. Ya think?! The Left/Dems wouldn't play cheap gutter politics with this nation's security in a post-9/11 world, now would they. They wouldn't lie and maliciously throw mud on matters of war and peace. Not for cheap political gain. Not when the lives of our military are still on the line. Not the "caring" party. Not "war hero" John Kerry and his minions. Say it ain't true! [end sarcasm]

26 posted on 03/03/2004 12:13:58 PM PST by Wolfstar (Yo! "Real" conservatives. Won't back GWB? See no harm in a Kerrified nation? You're suicidal.)
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To: MJY1288
Big Friggin Deal!, I think it was his Wife's boss who leaked the name,

Nope. He leaked it himself in his book "The Politics of Truth."
Check it out next time you're in a book store.
He claimed his wife was CIA. He just didn't give her name, but who can't figure that one out? Duh!

27 posted on 03/03/2004 12:14:03 PM PST by concerned about politics ( Liberals are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: Shermy
Has he complained about the "intelligence officials" at Newsday who also leaked?

Ah yes, the Newsday journalists, famous for their anonymous intelligence sources. And their boss was just mystified how they would become part of the investigation.

28 posted on 03/03/2004 12:14:46 PM PST by Dolphy
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To: concerned about politics
"In his book "The Politics of Truth" he says his wife worked for the CIA."

The book is due to come out May 30, well after the leak. He can't be the leaker of something after it's been leaked!!!
29 posted on 03/03/2004 12:15:28 PM PST by familyofman
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To: Spotsy

30 posted on 03/03/2004 12:15:40 PM PST by Shermy
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To: Shermy
Ultimately, Bush has to blame himself for this damage: he should never have kept Wilson (or any of the rest of Clinton's cronies).

Do the Republicans really think that, just because Bush didn't clean house, the next Dem president in office won't purge all the Republican appointees the same way that Clinton did?
31 posted on 03/03/2004 12:15:57 PM PST by SpyGuy
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To: DB
One underenthusiastic publisher with a full warehouse I'd say..............

That must be one lousy book. No sex? Who he thinks might have leaked something? Will he confess just who it might have been that told him there was no santa? How about just who it was who said that he promised he wouldn't cu$ in his mom?

32 posted on 03/03/2004 12:16:02 PM PST by blackdog (I feed the sheep the coyotes eat)
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To: SpyGuy
Certainly the whole thing is contrived...but his book will give the media an excuse for another feeding frenzy over this non-story. Everyone forgets that Saddam did get yellowcake from Niger earlier--the only thing that is open to question is whether he had gone back for more of it more recently.

If Wilson accuses someone who is innocent, can that person sue for libel, or is that impossible when you're a "public figure"?

33 posted on 03/03/2004 12:16:28 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Quilla
A description of the book on the publishing company's Web site says Wilson's conclusions about the Niger uranium were "brushed aside" by the administration.

We can expect that toad, Wilson, to say this, but the publishing company ought to know that "the administration" cannot "brush aside" something it was never told about.

Clymers.

How I long for Wilson to take the perp walk.

34 posted on 03/03/2004 12:16:32 PM PST by cyncooper ("Maybe they were hoping he'd lose the next Iraqi election")
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To: Shermy
Think about Joe Wilson as Kerry's Secretary of State. He's campaigning for himself, and for Kerry.

A Kerry Administration would be the biggest circus. We would all have a greater appreciation for Carter and Clinton.

I think even the Dems know that four years of Kerry would result in at least 16 years of Republican rule. Kerry isn't going to be president.

35 posted on 03/03/2004 12:16:58 PM PST by Spotsy (Bush-Cheney '04)
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To: Dolphy
Ah yes, the Newsday journalists, famous for their anonymous intelligence sources. And their boss was just mystified how they would become part of the investigation.

Could it be...Plame herself? Who leaked to the BBC the Niger fable even before Joe's NYtimes piece?

36 posted on 03/03/2004 12:17:52 PM PST by Shermy
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To: SpyGuy
Wiklson was let go when Bush came in, Cheney didn't ask Wilson to go to Niger, neither did anyone else nominated by Bush
37 posted on 03/03/2004 12:17:59 PM PST by MJY1288 (There's no leaders on the path of least resistance, ask John Kerry, he's been paving it for 32 yrs.)
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To: Quilla
Former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson will reveal the name of the person he thinks leaked his wife's identity

Gee, I'll have to rush out and buy this scumbag's book.
What a mouse.

38 posted on 03/03/2004 12:18:04 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Shermy
What a flawed title. Right up there with "We Shape The Truth".
39 posted on 03/03/2004 12:18:23 PM PST by blackdog (I feed the sheep the coyotes eat)
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To: concerned about politics
All you had to do is find out who his wife was.

And he helpfully supplied that, too, (using the phrase "the former Valerie Plame"), in his bio which is easily available right online.

You are correct. It's been plain from the beginning that he and his wife and her immediate circle were the leakers.

40 posted on 03/03/2004 12:20:19 PM PST by cyncooper ("Maybe they were hoping he'd lose the next Iraqi election")
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To: Shermy
Hellooooooooooooo Mr. Wilson............


41 posted on 03/03/2004 12:20:40 PM PST by baseballmom
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To: Spotsy
When was "Politics of Truth" published?

It'll hit the book stores in May, but the draft was available for viewers long before the leak.
When the story first broke, people were wondering what the big deal was about. FOX covered the story, and interviewed the press members who had already read the draft. They claimed it was already disclosed in his book.

42 posted on 03/03/2004 12:21:04 PM PST by concerned about politics ( Liberals are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: Lancey Howard
He must be confusing two dossiers. One on his wife's employment and another on who's Trojan broke inside his wife.
43 posted on 03/03/2004 12:21:31 PM PST by blackdog (I feed the sheep the coyotes eat)
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To: Spotsy
Except Dean really did serve for Nixon. Wilson never was knowingly given an assignment by anyone to do with President Bush. That's how this whole brouhaha over a leak started with the "it was his wife, NOT the Bushies, who sent him" business.

I'd like the wife doing a perp walk, too.

44 posted on 03/03/2004 12:22:03 PM PST by cyncooper ("Maybe they were hoping he'd lose the next Iraqi election")
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To: Shermy
Wasn't Wilson already working for Kerry when Wilson was sent on his "fact finding" mission in Niger?
45 posted on 03/03/2004 12:22:07 PM PST by Spotsy (Bush-Cheney '04)
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To: familyofman
A Grand Jury will indict a ham sandwich.
46 posted on 03/03/2004 12:22:24 PM PST by Taliesan (fiction police)
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To: Quilla
"A description of the book on the publishing company's Web site says Wilson's conclusions about the Niger uranium were "brushed aside" by the administration."

Just because someone may have a contrarian view to somone else doesn't mean they were "brushed aside." From what I recall, Wilson only spent a week in this country "sipping tea" and talking to locals. Why should his observations be given any more credibility than those of others, who have worked this issue for over a decade.

The very nature of intelligence is weighing abstract information from many sources...sources, including the UN, and many others, that concluded differently than Mr. Plame. And while I do object to the release of his wife's name to the public, it is only a crime if the defendant knew she was still undercover and the intent was to compromise her position. Otherwise, the relationship between his report and her position is very relevant...especially in light of his close ties to the Kerry campaign,
47 posted on 03/03/2004 12:22:35 PM PST by cwb (Kerry may have saved one man but he abandoned thousands of others)
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To: concerned about politics
It'll hit the book stores in May, but the draft was available for viewers long before the leak. When the story first broke, people were wondering what the big deal was about. FOX covered the story, and interviewed the press members who had already read the draft. They claimed it was already disclosed in his book.

You have a link?

48 posted on 03/03/2004 12:23:18 PM PST by Shermy
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To: Spotsy
When he first was working with Kerry, I don't know. I can trace it only so far back as mid-2003. Naturally its likely they had connections before that.
49 posted on 03/03/2004 12:25:05 PM PST by Shermy
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To: cripplecreek
personally i THINK it was wilson himself

You may be right. His career was over and his wife was doing some filing work. They needed the attention and hopefully either damages or new jobs.

50 posted on 03/03/2004 12:26:28 PM PST by 1Old Pro
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