Sounds like a "deep throat" at CIA at best. At worst, we have agents who are subverting the policies of elected officials.
May 6, 2003 A New York Times columnist writes the first account of Wilson' s trip, but not naming him: I'm told by a person involved in the Niger caper that more than a year ago the vice president's office asked for an investigation of the uranium deal, so a former U.S. ambassador to Africa was dispatched to Niger . In February 2002, according to someone present at the meetings, that envoy reported to the C.I.A. and State Department that the information was unequivocally wrong. (" Missing In Action: Truth, New York Times, Op-ed, May 2003).
June 12, 2003 A Washington Post article quotes an envoy (Wilson ) as saying that the dates were wrong and the names were wrong on the Italian document determined to be forged by the IAEA. (" CIA Did Not Share Doubt , Washington Post, June 2003). Wilson later tells the Senate Intelligence Committee that he may have misspoken to reporters, thinking he had seen the documents himself, rather than reading about them secondhand. (Senate Intelligence Cmte., Iraq 44).
July 6, 2003 Wilson publishes " What I didnt find in Africa" in The New York Times, identifying himself for the first time as the unnamed envoy. He writes, I have little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq 's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat. Wilson does not mention that he learned there was a possibility Iraq had sought uranium during a 1999 trade meeting with Niger s former Prime Minister.
July 30, 2003 The CIA sends a letter to the Criminal Division of the Justice Department noting a possible violation of criminal law concerning the unauthorized disclosure of classified information, according to a letter from the CIAs Director of Congressional Affairs. (CIA, Letter to John Conyers ).
September 16, 2003 The CIA sends another letter to Justice requesting that the FBI undertake a criminal investigation. (Wilson, Politics 359).
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
"What now concerns me most, however, is what appears to be a campaign of press leaks by the CIA in an effort to discredit the president," Roberts said.