Skip to comments.Wilson and Plame Want Help Paying for Lawsuit
Posted on 07/14/2006 12:31:55 PM PDT by radar101
This remains a nation of laws," former Ambassador Joe Wilson said on Friday -- and it also remains a nation of lawsuits, as Wilson demonstrated at a press conference in Washington.
Wilson invited reporters to hear why he and his wife Valerie Plame are suing Vice President Dick Cheney, presidential adviser Karl Rove, and former vice presidential aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court on Thursday, accuses Cheney, Rove and Libby of conspiring to "discredit, punish and seek revenge" against Wilson -- for his criticism of the Bush administration as it built its case for the war in Iraq.
At the press conference on Friday, Wilson said the alleged "attack" on him and his wife "was based on lies and disinformation and included the compromise of Valerie's identity as a classified officer of the Central Intelligence Agency."
Wilson said administration officials' "abuse of power for personal revenge broke faith with their obligations as public servants to uphold and defend the Constitution."
Wilson said the lawsuit is about the pursuit of justice. In the next breath, he asked for help in defraying costs associated with the lawsuit.
Plame and Wilson have set up a website to help them "pay for the substantial legal costs associated with the illegal leaking of Mrs. Wilson's classified CIA status."
The website says if Wilson and Plame win a bundle in court, they'll return the money to the trust they've established - and distribute it to a charity that "works to protect government whistleblowers' First Amendment rights and helps to defend them from retaliatory action."
According to Friday's Washington Post, Plame and Wilson are seeking unspecified monetary compensation for a "gross invasion of privacy" that could jeopardize the safety of their children and make Plame a target for America's enemies.
Choke on it Wilsons -- you are getting what you deserve. On second thought, you want some "financial help"? How about a matching set of striped pajamas???
Sure, Joe, I'll contribute. Here's a quarter...Go out and buy yourself a clue.
How does that song go? "Here's a dime, go call someone who cares."
Anyone taking bets on how long before this case is dismissed?
You mean his attorney isn't on a "you don't pay if you don't win" fee schedule?
The DNC will foot the bill for them.
Now, why do they need to raise dough for the lawsuit?
Aren't they both working?
And didn't "herself" just get an advance from some publishing house for a book about this whole non-story?
Good Lord, they whine and complain and now they want others to help pay for this meaningless litigation? Wow. it's clear now, these two have no shame.
Tell them to apply at DU.
What happened to the 2.5 million secret agent Plame got for that book she is going to write? Joe must have spent all on Niger tea.
Worth about 35 cents (US).
I'm sure DU has a please contribute thread running already.
Well, he sure invited the right crowd to beg for financial help!
I wonder how much money Big Media donated to the cause?
Are they asking folks to pay them by credit card? We've fixed wagons for this before....
Plame's 7-figure book contract isn't enoughg for their little legal adventure? Just how expensive is their lawyer???
Following hubbys lead, the newly retired Plame wallowed out of the funk her lack of professional opportunities inspired to accept a $2.5 million book deal with Crown Publishing. When this deal fell through, she settled on an unspecified contract with Simon & Schuster. This new contract was announced the same day as the lawsuit: Thursday.
I don't know how long 'til the case is dismissed, but the CIA will testify in court to her still-covert status at the time in question when pigs fly, and without that she has no case. It will be a lot easier to round up a dozen people willing to testify that they heard a tipsy Joe bragging about his wife being a covert CIA agent at Washington cocktail parties, long before anyone in the Bush Administration is alleged to have breathed a word about her.
Wilson lied again today in his press conference when he said that nothing he found in Niger supported the Bush administration's contention that Iraq was trying to purchase uranium.
Here we have the reason why the left pretended to be upset about the outting of a non-covert CIA employee; Wilson was lying to the American public that Bush lied and that served the Democrat's purpose. Never mind the fact that it is Wilson who lied:
The panel found that Wilson's report, "rather than debunking intelligence about purported uranium sales to Iraq, actually bolstered the case for most intelligence analysis."
To this day, British intelligence maintains that Saddam Hussein sought uranium in Africa, recently underlined by a report from The Financial Times of London. The British government states "European intelligence officers have now revealed... human and electronic intelligence sources from a number of countries picked up repeated discussion of an illicit trade in uranium from Niger." The New York Times paraphrased the above with a clear-cut story titled: "Intelligence Backs Claim Iraq Tried to Buy Uranium." The essay leaves no doubt as to the claim of Bush in January 2003 that Saddam Hussein was not only was trying to procure uranium, but had been for years.
Wilson misled the Washington Post in June 2003, when he told the paper that the Niger intelligence was based on documents that had clearly been forged because "the dates were wrong and the names were wrong." In fact, Wilson had never seen the reports.
When the Senate committee staff asked Wilson how he could have come to that conclusion, Wilson replied that he may have "misspoken" (See first paragraph) to reporters.
That is a good idea.
Maybe I will send them my two cents - literally.
They need to pay for their own frivolous lawsuit. My taxes are paying for the Government's side of the argument...I have no $$$ left over for the Wilson's.
Start with Andrea Mitchell.
And Libby's lawyers say they already have six people lined up.
I'll sell my grandmother's jewelry.
She must have quit the CIA , I heard her on a radio progarm today and she said she would have just loved to have been able to keep working for the CIA but now that she is outed of course she cant. Or something to that effect, I couldnt get it all I was trying to listen and drive and throwing up out the window all at the same time.
They have the gall to ask for financial support. Well" I guess some dumb assed democrat Liberal will send them something. The washington Post and New York Times should send a donation , this is what keeps selling their trash.
I have a couple of cow-pies I'd be willing to send her.
We're only $10 away from....
Two words -- POUND SAND!
Their aim, it appears, is to cash in on the gullibility of all those frothing lefties that have adored them so much over the years.
So, George Soros must have refused to chip in some dough. Must really be a loser.
A fool and his money...
But I don't see how this case can even go forward as long as Libby is still under indictment.
Never in the history of the world, in all its manifestations, has begging been elevated to such a high state of so-called respectability as we see it today.
Funny, isn't it, that the DUpes are all worried about the supposed exposure of Plame, and the "danger" that it put her in, but they don't seem to have any problem when the New York Slimes exposes critical portions of our anti-terrorist strategy that puts untold numbers of American citizens in danger. Damned hypocrites.
If the suit is not dismissed out of hand.
The first book deal collapsed. Now Simon & Shuster has offered them a deal, which explains the lawsuit. They had to have promised to generate some type of publicity.
It is accepted by all parties that Iraqi officials visited Niger in 1999. The British Government had intelligence from several different sources indicating that this visit was for the purpose of acquiring uranium. Since uranium constitutes almost three-quarters of Nigers exports, the intelligence was credible.
The Butler Report affirmed what the British government had said about the Niger uranium story back in 2003, and specifically endorsed what Bush said as well.
By extension, we conclude also that the statement in President Bushs State of the Union Address of 28 January 2003 that The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa was well-founded.
The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence reported July 7, 2004 that the CIA had received reports from a foreign government (not named, but probably Britain) that Iraq had actually concluded a deal with Niger to supply 500 tons a year of partially processed uranium ore, or "yellowcake." That is potentially enough to produce 50 nuclear warheads.
The Senate report said the CIA then asked a "former ambassador" to go to Niger and report. That is a reference to Joseph Wilson -- who later became a vocal critic of the President's 16 words. The Senate report said Wilson brought back denials of any Niger-Iraq uranium sale, and argued that such a sale wasn't likely to happen. But the Intelligence Committee report also reveals that Wilson brought back something else as well -- evidence that Iraq may well have wanted to buy uranium.
Wilson reported that he had met with Niger's former Prime Minister Ibrahim Mayaki, who said that in June 1999 he was asked to meet with a delegation from Iraq to discuss "expanding commercial relations" between the two countries.
Based on what Wilson told them, CIA analysts wrote an intelligence report saying former Prime Minister Mayki "interpreted 'expanding commercial relations' to mean that the (Iraqi) delegation wanted to discuss uranium yellowcake sales." In fact, the Intelligence Committee report said that "for most analysts" Wilson's trip to Niger "lent more credibility to the original Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) reports on the uranium deal."
He (the intelligence officer) said he judged that the most important fact in the report was that the Nigerian officials admitted that the Iraqi delegation had traveled there in 1999, and that the Nigerian Prime Minister believed the Iraqis were interested in purchasing uranium, because this provided some confirmation of foreign government service reporting.
Both the US and British investigations make clear that some forged Italian documents, exposed as fakes soon after Bush spoke, were not the basis for the British intelligence Bush cited, or the CIA's conclusion that Iraq was trying to get uranium.
I sent them $100,000,000 from my Nigerian bank account.
The blabber mouths but "don't blame me" idiots want help with their lawsuit: See the Hildebeast! She has 22 million in the bank.
Get some pencils and a cup and hit the street.. right where you belong.
OMG - I followed the link and read how many, many of those folks are going to send money to the Wilsons! Once again, the shameless win out because so many are so silly. Truly sad.
I wonder why she would quit the CIA because of this non-story?
Oh well, her choice, and her consequences.
I am astonished, though, that they are asking people to help pay for their lawsuit. THAT is remarkable.