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Senators Rebuke Joe Wilson Claims(About time!)
NewsMax.com ^ | June 1, 2007 | staff

Posted on 06/01/2007 10:40:44 AM PDT by kellynla

WASHINGTON -- In a rare rebuke of a public official by name, the Senate Select Intelligence Committee has issued a scathing report blasting former Ambassador Joseph Wilson IV.

The report claims Wilson mislead the public and the intelligence committee about his trip to Niger in 2002 on behalf of the CIA to investigate claims that Iraq was seeking to purchase uranium in Africa.

Best know as the husband of former CIA officer Valerie Plame, Ambassador Wilson was catapulted to the limelight after he published an Op-Ed in The New York Times on July 6, 2003, that accused the Bush administration of manipulating intelligence on Iraq to make the case for war.

In his New York Times article, Wilson said that in February 2002 he was asked by the Central Intelligence Agency to travel to Niger to investigate "a particular intelligence report" that documented the sale of uranium to Iraq by the Niger government.

The CIA wanted him to "check out the story so they could provide a response to the vice president's office," after Vice President Dick Cheney had raised questions about the purported uranium deals, he wrote.

Once he arrived in Niger's capital, Niamey, Wilson says he met with U.S. Ambassador Barbro Owens-Kirkpatrick, then "spent the next eight days drinking sweet mint tea" and meeting with former government officials and others involved in the uranium business. "It did not take long to conclude that it was highly doubtful that any such transaction had ever taken place."

And that is what he reported back to the CIA and to the State Department African Affairs Bureau, Wilson wrote. But according to the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation, released last Friday, much of what Wilson wrote in the article, and has said since, about the trip "is not true."

Wilson wrote to the committee in July 2004 when they released an exhaustive investigation into the Niger uranium story that included the finding that he had been sent to Niger at the suggestion of his wife. Wilson claimed that was "not true."

At the time, the Committee did not release the full text of the e-mail sent by Valerie Plame on Wilson to her superior that recommended him for the job, "thinking it was unnecessary in light of the other evidence" they had made public.

But now, "considering the controversy surrounding this document," the Senate committee decided to make the full text available to the public. The Valerie Plame e-mail shows without any doubt that she recommended her husband for the mission in Niger.

After recounting an earlier fact-finding mission he had carried out in Niger for the Agency, as well as his good contacts "with both the [prime minister] and the former minister of mines," she concluded by saying that her husband "may be in a position to assist. Therefore, request your thoughts on what, if anything to pursue here."

In sworn testimony before the House committee on Oversight and Government Reform in March of this year, however, Plame denied categorically that she had suggested her husband's name. "I did not recommend him. I did not suggest him," she said.

It was Valerie Plame's recommendation for the mission that caught the eye of Vice President Dick Cheney when Wilson's Op-Ed first appeared and ultimately led to the Special Counsel investigation into how her name — supposed classified — was "leaked" to the press.

The committee found that internal intelligence community notes of meetings in which Valerie Plame participated "did not mark her name with a (C) as would be required to indicate that her association with the CIA was classified," as both Plame and her husband have said. These aren't the only instance where Wilson's account did not square with the facts, the senators found.

Wilson has said in his book and in numerous public appearances that reports he reviewed from the U.S. ambassador to Niger, Barbro Owens-Kirkpatrick, "indicated that there was nothing to the Niger-Iraq uranium story . . . This too is untrue," the committee found. On the contrary, Owens-Kirkpatrick wrote a cable to the State Department which said that the initial CIA reporting of a Niger-Iraq uranium deal "provides sufficient details to warrant another hard look at Niger's uranium sales."

Although Nigerien officials insisted in meetings with the Americans that no uranium would be sold to rogue nations, "we should not dismiss out of hand the possibility that some scheme could be, or has been, underway to supply Iraq with yellowcake from here," she wrote.

Perhaps the most damning conclusion of the Senate report has been known for nearly three years, but has remained classified until now. In the initial July 2004 report, the Senate committee reported that the intelligence community "used or cleared the Niger-Iraq uranium intelligence fifteen times before the President's State of the Union address and four times after, saying in several papers that Iraq was ‘vigorously pursuing uranium from Africa.'"

Despite that finding, Democrats led by Michigan Sen. Carl Levin blasted President Bush for the "16 words" in the January 2003 speech that described Iraq's efforts to acquire uranium from Africa, calling them an effort to "cherry-pick" intelligence and to "mislead" the country and the world in a "rush to war."

In fact, the U.S. intelligence community continued to believe in the veracity of the Niger uranium story for many months after the speech, and didn't call back its original reporting until June 2003 — well after the liberation of Iraq.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: cialeak; getbush; joewilson; joewilsonlied; lyingliar; plamegate; pressembargo; pukintraitorswilson; senate; shadowgovernment; topsecret
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In fact, the U.S. intelligence community continued to believe in the veracity of the Niger uranium story for many months after the speech, and didn't call back its original reporting until June 2003 — well after the liberation of Iraq.

I contend when we captured Saddam Hussein, we found the WMD in Iraq.
1 posted on 06/01/2007 10:40:49 AM PDT by kellynla
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To: kellynla

The GOP should have ruined this guy, bankrupted him, made his wife & any other loved ones hate him.

Conservatives just don’t have a killer instinct. The left will continue to ruin them personally, with impunity, until this changes.


2 posted on 06/01/2007 10:42:05 AM PDT by HitmanLV ("Lord, give me chastity and temperance, but not now." - St. Augustine)
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To: HitmanLV
The GOP should have ruined this guy, bankrupted him, made his wife & any other loved ones hate him.

Damn right!

3 posted on 06/01/2007 10:43:15 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (Fred 2008)
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To: kellynla

So now we can expect President Bush to issue a full pardon to Scooter Libby, right?


4 posted on 06/01/2007 10:44:09 AM PDT by TommyDale (More Americans are killed each day in the U.S. by abortion than were killed on 9/11 !)
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To: NeoCaveman

No killer instinct at all. Conservatives are notably weak in this area, for a bunch of people who bluster on about how tough and individualistic they are.


5 posted on 06/01/2007 10:45:47 AM PDT by HitmanLV ("Lord, give me chastity and temperance, but not now." - St. Augustine)
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To: kellynla

bump for later


6 posted on 06/01/2007 10:46:29 AM PDT by Christian4Bush (Dennis Miller said it best “Liberals always feel your pain. Unless of course, they caused it.”)
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To: kellynla

Game on! Let the lawsuits begin, it’s the American way!


7 posted on 06/01/2007 10:46:30 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: TommyDale
Not on your life..he will let Scooter go to jail.

You just watch.

8 posted on 06/01/2007 10:46:32 AM PDT by Dog (May 17, 2007 the day I became an INDEPENDENT!)
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To: HitmanLV

That would require a spine, and sadly most GOP types these days lack one.

The fact remains Joe Plame lied, and his wife’s career died.

Now, she can’t even publish a book about the lying....(chuckle)


9 posted on 06/01/2007 10:46:33 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: kellynla

Interesting that this breaks on a Friday afternoon, isn’t it!


10 posted on 06/01/2007 10:47:02 AM PDT by jacquej
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To: Badeye

I find the GOP rank & file to be notably weak in this area, too.


11 posted on 06/01/2007 10:47:40 AM PDT by HitmanLV ("Lord, give me chastity and temperance, but not now." - St. Augustine)
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To: HitmanLV

Instead, as I recall, the President meekly apologized to the Dems and the media and stated that this was a mistake of his Administration. Mind-boggling.


12 posted on 06/01/2007 10:48:06 AM PDT by mallardx
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To: kellynla

The left will continue to believe Wilson and Plame, both proven liars.


13 posted on 06/01/2007 10:48:11 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: kellynla

Evidently Ms. Wilson lied to the Senate. This is perjury, if she was under oath. Why is she not indicted for this? When compared to Mr. Libby, there must be a double standard.


14 posted on 06/01/2007 10:48:46 AM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: HitmanLV

The problem is not conservatives it is Republicans. And the people who run this party are still northeastern country club blue blooders. (Even if some of them do own ranches and say ya’ll)


15 posted on 06/01/2007 10:49:10 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (Fred 2008)
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To: kellynla

The Senate Select Committee released this now? With the Democrats in charge? This is very strange. I would have said that Jay Rockefeller is one of the biggest traitors and corrupt liars in the Senate. He has always used his position on the intelligence committee for political gain. Is he the guy who allowed this to be released? The article is very short on details. Or is this one of those Friday sweep it under the rug deals?


16 posted on 06/01/2007 10:49:23 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: kellynla

This “revelation” is too little, too late. The damage has been done. The myth is ingrained in the public conscience.


17 posted on 06/01/2007 10:49:26 AM PDT by Islander7 ("Show me an honest politician and I will show you a case of mistaken identity.")
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To: kellynla

Regardless of what happens, Wilson’s charge that Cheney “outted” Plame to get back at Wilson’s Niger claim never made any sense to me.


18 posted on 06/01/2007 10:49:27 AM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: jacquej
Even more interesting that it breaks on NewsMax. You could get sodium poisoning from the huge grain of salt you need to take with anything from this source. As much as I want to believe this, I want to see it from an actual reputable source before I get too excited about it.
19 posted on 06/01/2007 10:49:32 AM PDT by Jokelahoma (Animal testing is a bad idea. They get all nervous and give wrong answers.)
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To: NeoCaveman

No, it’s conservatives. I have posted this thought many times on FR and without fail, some revival-tent conservatives creep out and protest that this isn’t the way, we are ‘better’ than the other side, and then go off on some tangent about spiritual salvation.

Spiritual salvation has nothing to do with fighting your enemies in politics. Ruin them, make some examples out of people, and the rest will think twice or three times before going off half cocked.


20 posted on 06/01/2007 10:51:13 AM PDT by HitmanLV ("Lord, give me chastity and temperance, but not now." - St. Augustine)
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To: TommyDale

And will he pardon Valerie Plame? :)


21 posted on 06/01/2007 10:51:17 AM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: HitmanLV
The GOP should have ruined this guy

with a dull knife

22 posted on 06/01/2007 10:52:31 AM PDT by bigbob (2)
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To: P-40

I hope Valerie Plame gets her just rewards. That would not include a pardon of any kind, but the most severe punishment possible. A weekend with Jimmy Carter and Rosie O’Donnell.


23 posted on 06/01/2007 10:52:57 AM PDT by TommyDale (More Americans are killed each day in the U.S. by abortion than were killed on 9/11 !)
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To: kellynla

The committee is controlled by the Dems now. I guess it takes a Dem to issue a scathing report.


24 posted on 06/01/2007 10:53:28 AM PDT by Tribune7 (A bleeding heart does nothing but ruin the carpet)
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To: TommyDale
“So now we can expect President Bush to issue a full pardon to Scooter Libby, right?”

I hope we don’t have to wait until Jan 09 for President F.D. Thompson to issue the pardon along with the ones for the border control agents.

25 posted on 06/01/2007 10:54:27 AM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super Walmart for news .)
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Perhaps the most damning conclusion of the Senate report has been known for nearly three years, but has remained classified until now. In the initial July 2004 report, the Senate committee reported that the intelligence community "used or cleared the Niger-Iraq uranium intelligence fifteen times before the President's State of the Union address and four times after, saying in several papers that Iraq was ‘vigorously pursuing uranium from Africa.'"
26 posted on 06/01/2007 10:54:57 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: HitmanLV

reminds me of a Richard Pryor routine about how teens fight now, compared to back in his day. “You go out there with this old $h!t (dukes up, Marquess of Queensbury style), and they’ll just kick you in the nuts.” Problem with the analogy is that not many Republicans have anything down there to get kicked.


27 posted on 06/01/2007 10:55:42 AM PDT by cdcdawg
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To: HitmanLV

Oh, those people have no power.

People who have power like, I don’t know Ken Melman for example, get their pink panties in a bunch whenever the college Repubs do something cool.


28 posted on 06/01/2007 10:56:21 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (Fred 2008)
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To: Jokelahoma

Can anyone locate this report other than the coverage here on Newsmax?


29 posted on 06/01/2007 10:56:28 AM PDT by Republic Rocker
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To: Beagle8U
"I hope we don’t have to wait until Jan 09 for President F.D. Thompson to issue the pardon along with the ones for the border control agents."

I never thought I would say this, but what is the White House thinking? Is Bush really this stupid? Who is filtering out all the calls, faxes and emails to complain? Do they never talk to the voters? Do they really think we will just roll over?

30 posted on 06/01/2007 10:57:06 AM PDT by TommyDale (More Americans are killed each day in the U.S. by abortion than were killed on 9/11 !)
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To: kellynla

this is worth emailing to all the media and talk radio!!


31 posted on 06/01/2007 10:58:39 AM PDT by Jewels1091
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To: TommyDale
"A weekend with Jimmy Carter and Rosie O’Donnell."

Dude! Show some mercy!
32 posted on 06/01/2007 10:59:18 AM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: kellynla

Why didn’t they do this a couple of years ago??


33 posted on 06/01/2007 10:59:25 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: cdcdawg

Break some lives and this ilk will restrain itself more. Wilson knew all along there would be no real price for his antics. Put a price on it, and his compatriots will be less likely to do similar stuff.

Bankrupt them, ruin them, take their house, send some stud over to seduce his wife, break up his marriage, make his children cry, etc.

Until GOPers find the stones to ruin people in this way, they will continue to be the ones getting ruined.


34 posted on 06/01/2007 11:00:08 AM PDT by HitmanLV ("Lord, give me chastity and temperance, but not now." - St. Augustine)
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To: TommyDale

The Bush administration has known all along that Wilson lied. It took longer to nail down his wife’s lie about who suggested him for the Niger trip.

That he was lying was the whole reason the VP and others were trying to refute him and wound up falling into the trap which rogue CIA elements had set for them. They got accused of trying to punish Wilson by “outing” his wife. When that charge wouldn’t hold trial water, Libby was charged with lying and covering up during an investigation. for which he was convicted.

The legal process has played out this far, all the while with the Bush admin. knowing Wilson was lying. So assuming a pardon seems a big assumption, unless Bush would decide to say that the Wilsons got off scot free despite lying, therefore Libby shouldn’t be tagged for it (whether he lied or not).


35 posted on 06/01/2007 11:00:30 AM PDT by txrangerette (Congressman Duncan Hunter for POTUS...check him out!!)
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To: jaydubya2
"Dude! Show some mercy!"

Yeah, you're right. That would be cruel and inhumane punishment.

36 posted on 06/01/2007 11:01:04 AM PDT by TommyDale (More Americans are killed each day in the U.S. by abortion than were killed on 9/11 !)
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To: NeoCaveman

College repubs seldom do cool things. Not a lot of wisdom intheir ranks, sad to say.

I’m not talking about doing an affirmative action cookie sale. I’m talking about locking on to a serious political enemy and just ruining their life.


37 posted on 06/01/2007 11:01:06 AM PDT by HitmanLV ("Lord, give me chastity and temperance, but not now." - St. Augustine)
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To: kellynla

Whatever.
Perjury hurts if you do it before a grand jury, but you can lie with impunity to the powerless pissants of Congress, and then laugh in their faces. Nothing will happen to Plame or Wilson.


38 posted on 06/01/2007 11:02:08 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: txrangerette

At the rate Bush is going, by the time he gets around to giving a pardon he will have no constituency left that will appreciate it.


39 posted on 06/01/2007 11:02:36 AM PDT by TommyDale (More Americans are killed each day in the U.S. by abortion than were killed on 9/11 !)
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To: HitmanLV

I find the GOP rank & file to be notably weak in this area, too.


40 posted on 06/01/2007 11:03:17 AM PDT by Badeye (Its fun watching danny slap you around in your own forum, Sally....(chuckle))
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To: Uncle Hal

IIRC, there was something different about the “oath” she took. Don’t remember exactly what it was though.


41 posted on 06/01/2007 11:03:34 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( Who is the Democrat's George Galloway?)
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To: HitmanLV
Ruin them, make some examples out of people, and the rest will think twice or three times before going off half cocked.

If your in a street fight, and that's DC Politics is, you have to get to the other guy anyway you can and keep him down because that's he planning to do to you.

42 posted on 06/01/2007 11:04:20 AM PDT by AU72
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To: HitmanLV

Well if leadership won’t even support an affirmative action bake sale, how they heck do you think they’ll support treating our domestic enemies like the Romans did Carthage?


43 posted on 06/01/2007 11:05:07 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (Fred 2008)
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To: HitmanLV

“fighting your enemies in politics” could be a possibility if not for so many RHINO PU$$YS. just my opinion


44 posted on 06/01/2007 11:05:19 AM PDT by PEACE ENFORCER (Liberals; Some People That Are ONLY Alive Because It's Illegal To SHOOT THEM !!)
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To: kellynla

Sounds like, move over Cindy Sheehan on the dung heap of useful idiots, the Wilsons are coming.


45 posted on 06/01/2007 11:05:42 AM PDT by depressed in 06 (Bolshecrat, the amoral party of what if and whine.)
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To: HitmanLV

I agree completely with your posts on this thread. The primary reason I stopped giving to the RNC is because Republicans do not seem to have the capacity to go for the throat. No balls at all.

I don’t want to be associated with them anymore.

Regards,
LH


46 posted on 06/01/2007 11:06:08 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Uncle Hal
Evidently Ms. Wilson lied to the Senate. This is perjury, if she was under oath. Why is she not indicted for this? When compared to Mr. Libby, there must be a double standard.

She will not be indicted because she is not a Republican.

47 posted on 06/01/2007 11:06:16 AM PDT by TruthWillWin
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To: kellynla
Can you please tell me how the Senate Select Intelligence Committee did this? The Senate is still in Recess until June 6th. If this did not happen today then you need to provide a date when the Senate Select Intelligence Committee actually issued this rebuke.

Am I wrong?

48 posted on 06/01/2007 11:06:26 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Badeye

The self described tough people just aren’t that tough, it seems.


49 posted on 06/01/2007 11:06:44 AM PDT by HitmanLV ("Lord, give me chastity and temperance, but not now." - St. Augustine)
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To: AU72

I agree.


50 posted on 06/01/2007 11:07:16 AM PDT by HitmanLV ("Lord, give me chastity and temperance, but not now." - St. Augustine)
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