July 18, 2005
CIA Tried to Discredit Secret Memo Through Washington Post
Much of the discussion this week about the latest disclosures in the alleged outing of a covert CIA agent will focus on an internal memo that detailed how former Ambassador Joe Wilson was chosen for a mission to Niger. The document indicated that Wilsons wife, Valerie Plame, offered up his name for the assignment to investigate claims that Saddam Hussein tried to acquire uranium from the African nation.
Officials at the CIA tried to discredit the smoking gun memo and the news service that confronted Wilson about it in October 2003 in order to keep the White House on the defensive. They relied on a sympathetic recipient of previous leaks that cast the administration in a negative light for the disinformation effort. In December 2003, the Washington Post quoted an agency source as challenging the accuracy of the document, claiming that the meeting described could not have taken place.
Sounds like a "deep throat" at CIA at best. At worst, we have agents who are subverting the policies of elected officials.