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BREAKING: Conned big time "CIA Witness" to White House Lying about Intel story found to be FRAUD
Capitol Hill Blue ^ | July 9, 2003 | Doug Thompson

Posted on 07/09/2003 4:04:00 PM PDT by Doug Thompson

Damn, I hate it when I've been had and I've been had big time.

In 1982, while I was working for Congressman Manuel Lujan of New Mexico, a man came up to a me during a gathering in Albuquerque and introduced himself as Terrance J. Wilkinson. He said he was a security consultant and gave me a business card with his name and just a Los Angeles phone number.

A few weeks later, he called my Washington office and asked to meet for lunch. He seemed to know a lot about the nuclear labs in New Mexico and said he had conducted "security profiles" for both Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs. Lujan served on the committee with oversight on both labs and he offered his services if we ever needed briefings.

We already had nuclear experts on the committee, on loan from the Department of Energy, and we never used Wilkinson for briefings but we kept in touch over the years. He said he had served in Vietnam with Army Special Force, worked for Air America, later for the FBI and as a consultant for the CIA. He said he had helped other Republican members of Congress I called some friends in other GOP offices and they said yes, they knew Terry Wilkinson.

"You can trust him, he's one of the good guys," one chief of staff told me. When I left politics and returned to journalism, Wilkinson became a willing, but always unnamed, source.

Over the last couple of years, Wilkinson served as either a primary or secondary source on a number of stories that have appeared in Capitol Hill Blue regarding intelligence activities. In early stories, I collaborated his information with at least one more source. His information usually proved accurate and, over time, I came to depend on him as a source without additional backup.

On Tuesday, we ran a story headlined "White House admits Bush wrong about Iraqi nukes." For the first time, Wilkinsson said he was willing to go on the record and told a story about being present, as a CIA contract consultant, at two briefings with Bush. He said he was retired now and was fed up and wanted to go public.

"He (Bush) said that if the current operatives working for the CIA couldn't prove the story was true, then the agency had better find some who could," Wilkinson said in our story. "He said he knew the story was true and so would the world after American troops secured the country."

After the story ran, we received a number of emails or phone calls that (1) either claimed Wilkinson was lying or (2) doubted his existence. I quickly dismissed the claims. After all, I had known this guy for 20+ years and had no doubt about his credibility. Some people wanted to talk to him, so I forwarded those requests on to him via email. He didn't answer my emails, which I found odd. I should have listened to a bell that should have been going off in my ear.

Today, a White House source I know and trust said visitor logs don't have any record of anyone named Terrance J. Wilkinson ever being present at a meeting with the President. Then a CIA source I trust said the agency had no record of a contract consultant with that name. "Nobody, and I mean nobody, has ever heard of this guy," my source said.

I tried calling Terry's phone number. I got a recorded message from a wireless phone provider saying the number was no longer in service. I tried a second phone number I had for him. Same result.

Then a friend from the Hill called.

"You've been had," she said. "I know about this guy. He's been around for years, claiming to have been in Special Forces, with the CIA, with NSA. He hasn't worked for any of them and his name is not Terrance Wilkinson."

Both of his phone numbers have Los Angeles area codes but an identity check through Know-X today revealed no record of anyone named Terrance J. Wilkinson ever having lived in LA or surrounding communities.

His email address turns out to be a blind forward to a free email service where anyone can sign up and get an email account. Because it was not one of the usual "free" services like Hotmail, Yahoo or such, I did not recognize it as one (although you'd think that someone like me would have known better).

The bottom line is that someone has been running a con on me for 20 some years and I fell for it like a little old lady in a pigeon drop scheme. I've spent the last two hours going through the database of Capitol Hill Blue stories and removing any that were based on information from Wilkinson (or whoever he is). I've also removed his name, quotes and claims from Tuesday's story about the White House and the uranium claims.

Erasing the stories doesn't erase the fact that we ran articles containing informattion that, given the source, were most likely inaccurate. And it doesn't erase the sad fact that my own arrogance allowed me to be conned.

It will be a long time (and perhaps never) before I trust someone else who comes forward and offers inside information. The next one who does had better be prepared to produce a birth certificate, a driver's license and his grandmother's maiden name.

Any news publication exists on the trust of its readers. Because I depended on a source that was not credible, I violated the trust that the readers of Capitol Hill Blue placed in me.

I was wrong. I am sorry.

© Copyright 2003 by Capitol Hill Blue

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To: Miss Marple
I rang up the boys in the Mathematics Lounge over at MIT, and we crunched numbers and concluded that there is a 99.8% probablility that the imposter presenting himself as Terrance J. Wilkinson is on Judicial Watch's direct mail list.

So, we've narrowed it down to the 3.5 billion humans on the Planet Earth and the three guys on the Russian Space Station.

1,281 posted on 07/12/2003 11:40:47 AM PDT by ArneFufkin (Free Terry Wilkinson)
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To: Pegita
1,282 posted on 07/12/2003 12:05:34 PM PDT by ruoflaw
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To: Neets
Hey, I am having a martini, too! I found it keeps my tin-foil hat from itching!

Well, I got three more flower beds weeded and I have been thinking while pulling up thistles and spurge.

As I said, we have now three examples of people who turned on the conservative/Republicans after they had used us as cash cows. I am asking myself if this is a coincidence. My answer is after three instances, no.

If I were wanting to get information from the people on the right, I would send double agents in to win confidence and get information.

Now, I will get some tin-foil to make a complete outfit.

1,283 posted on 07/12/2003 12:11:38 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Miss Marple
You might very well be onto something. Or ON something! haha

I always wondered about Klayman and why he was never able to follow through - figured he was a straw man only out for the attention but it has happened the same way a few times now. Hmmmm

1,284 posted on 07/12/2003 12:30:29 PM PDT by Peach
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
They don't have to have real dirt on Rice. If they can twist one statement, they're in business. and if they can't find one to twist, they can always assing to he some fictional statement some fictional source or some democrat operative claims to have heard. As we see here, all they need do is make it up out of thin air, feed it to some unnamed source and a gazillion apparently unrelated (but in truth, incestuous) web sites through a few trolls who are willing to lie about "witnessing" it or lie about having a source who did, and then some lazy journalist or fellow traveler in the mainstream media will pick it up and print it without leaving a hint as to where he or she obtained it, and then the very fact that it is now in the mainstram media gives the fantasy story the illusion of credibility. The average person will then assume the original obscure and sources who first published it are only reprinting what was "found and vetted" in the mainstream media, not knowing that the information was never vetted and is fictional.

Worse, the mythical source might even disappear with some scrubbing like we're seeing now, so that it becomes virtually impossible to clear up the myth, because the mainstream press isn't going to get interested in whether or not some obscure web site's stories were fabricated. The mainstream media is too big and egotistical to admit thay were duped by some obscure web author's story, too stupid to see how the circle of deception works, and too unethical to care.

Instead of the mainstream media doing real investigative journalism and breaking new information, it's extremists fabricating myths and using the laziness of the mainstream media to sugarcoat it for the consumption of people who wouldn't ever trust something like "Red Flags Weekly" as a source.

IOW, any player who wants to smear Rice can do like they do with anyone else they have ever smeared.

It's like them trying to scapegoat Tenet (and there have been concerted efforts to misquote him since 911) for the Africa comment- because "we went to war on false data Bush presented in the SOTU address" - when the Congress, including the Democrats, had already voted for it long before the SOTU address. If there are pending investigations on Iraq and african nations, Tenet can't use them to defend himself publicly because they are, obviously, classified, and for the protection of operatives in the field, he had better keep his mouth shut, because congress can't, and some of the least trustworthy people in the DNC are on the Senate intelligence committee.

And this is like what the Democrats pulled with their intel briefings- which were also attended, of course, by Republicans on the committee. The Democrats would come out in the weeks after 911 and claim they "weren't told," when in fact they were at the very same committee meeting where they and the republicans were told. They then tried to claim there weren't enough briefings to answer their questions, when Rumsfeld had briefings with them several times a week and they could ask him questions at any time. These Democrats are chronic liars.

You would think they would start to wonder why they think their ideology is superior if they have to lie about these things so blatantly just to sustain it.

The rats will probably try to plaster Rice with blame for not planning for every one of the infinite ways a free and open society like ours is threatened, and there were threats on everything from our nuke labs to assassinations. You know, the Democrats will try to tell us all how Rice should have done something in the months after she was confirmed- when after all, the Democrats spent eight years trying to warn us about "domestic terrorists" citing the constitution at traffic stops, hanging pictures of aborted fetuses on things, sawing their otherwise legal shotguns a quarter inch too short, or wearing penny loafers to protests demanding that ballots be counted in public and in front of the media. The conservatives had fair warning from Clinton that as soon as the Democrats left office, condi Rice should quickly attend to Al Qaeda because the democrats were just too busy. (Pardon the sarcasm) :o)

1,285 posted on 07/12/2003 1:49:08 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: piasa
the can always assing to he some

Good grief,this should say "they can always assign to her some..."

Lefties, asses, lefties, asses, what's the diff.

1,286 posted on 07/12/2003 2:03:42 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: nopardons
Children and those who live in a world of their own mind, demand/wish for the impossible. Adults accept reality and work in the realm of the possible.

Well said, all around.

And now it's time for those of us who haven't done so already to roll up our sleeves, because the Devil's been busy in our backyard.

1,287 posted on 07/12/2003 3:25:59 PM PDT by Imal (The currents of history are running strong and swift through our time.)
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To: ladyinred
I have almost made it now, up into the posts in the 1000's. It has been difficult at best to read all of it at once!

I know exactly what you mean. I came in late, too, and this particular thread has an incredibly high signal-to-noise ratio, meaning that nearly every post requires a fair amount of reading and digesting before proceeding.

I almost never jump into threads that have reached post numbers in the four digits, but I'm glad I did in this case because, as Samwise Gamgee might put it, "Now there's an eye-opener and no mistake!"

So welcome, friend, to this thread's Latecomer's Club. Be sure to fill out a name tag and introduce yourself. :^)

1,288 posted on 07/12/2003 4:01:38 PM PDT by Imal (If I had a dime for every time Bush's critics were right about him, I'd need to borrow a dime.)
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To: piasa
Lol... Perfect analysis all the way around.

And it isn't coincidental that the Democrat's party symbol is an ass, is ti?
1,289 posted on 07/12/2003 5:02:13 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (Lurking since 2000.)
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
ti=it, in my version of creative English through typos.
1,290 posted on 07/12/2003 5:04:26 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (Lurking since 2000.)
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To: Imal
And now it's time for those of us who haven't done so already to roll up our sleeves, because the Devil's been busy in our backyard.

I like that line. Should be the line of the week.

1,291 posted on 07/12/2003 5:09:34 PM PDT by Lauratealeaf
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To: Doug Thompson
Damn, I feel (bleep) too! Thanks for posting your story and thoughts, also, please do all you can to undo the wrong this devious creep has done.
1,292 posted on 07/12/2003 6:58:38 PM PDT by harpo11 (All the democrats can do is bitch at Bush just because he took down a murdering dictator thug.)
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To: Imal
Thank you.

It's time for ALL of us to ban together and work diligently to get GOPERs eleceted in '04. With only the slimest of a majority in the Senate and far too many " moderates " ( liberal Republicans ) in far too many seats in both Houses, our ONLY goal has to be to re-elect President Bush and to give him a HUGE majority in both Houses. Then and only then, will we get more of what all Conservatives want.

It's impossible to roll back 60+years of the creeping Liberal SOCIALIAM in a brief spam of one or even two terms. Like the Dems, we have to accept incrimentalsim. We didn't get here over night and the mess can't be undone in the blink of an eye.

Right now, we have a great shot at reshaping the Supremem Court and add Conservative judges all over the country as well. So, roll up those sleeves, contribute money,time,and effort as never before. The Devil won't be our undoing, if we don't let him be.

1,293 posted on 07/12/2003 8:26:12 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: nopardons
Well, I'm doing my part. When the going gets tough, the tough start blogging!

The World According to Imal

1,294 posted on 07/12/2003 9:19:32 PM PDT by Imal (The World According to Imal:
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To: Imal
WOW ! You certainly are doing your bit. Thanks for the link. I've read some of your BLOG and shall return to read more of it.
Now, roll up those sleeves higher and get to work in the REAL world too. :-)
1,295 posted on 07/12/2003 9:24:31 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: nopardons
Be sure to read the whole blog, because carefully hidden in each of my blog posts is a link to a website that will pay you $100 just for reading my material. Collect every box top you find!

As for getting to work in the real world, I feel compelled to quote Ned Flander's mom: "We've tried nothing, and we're all out of ideas!"

There are, of course, a few things I do here and there to make the world a better place. Voting against socialism is among them. However, in an ideological war, exposing evil ideologies and promoting good ones is a frontline assignment.

I am now looking into ways I can do that more effectively, aside from my humble and nascent blogsite. If any pan out, you'll hear about it. :^)

In the end, however, the most important thing any of us can do is keep telling the truth, telling it loudly, and telling it often.

1,296 posted on 07/12/2003 9:54:33 PM PDT by Imal (The World According to Imal:
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To: nopardons
Post #1293 well stated. I agree with you 100%.
1,297 posted on 07/12/2003 10:09:07 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Doug Thompson
This led to much research on the whole drum beat of "Bush misled us".Of course the media doesn't bother with a lot of these things.Until some news comes along that crowds it out..this is going to be the media's focus.The Dems won't stop ever!
1,298 posted on 07/15/2003 3:33:01 AM PDT by MEG33
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To: Kip Lange
#1298 I hit the wrong poster button!
1,299 posted on 07/15/2003 3:35:49 AM PDT by MEG33
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To: MEG33
Hmmm. As you most likely know, I certainly don't think Bush misled us (I was for crossing swords with Iraq far before 9/11). To repeat my worst case scenario...the intelligence agencies possibly lowered their threshold for what was a threat and what was not a threat in the wake of 9/11 after being tarred with the, "Oh my God you didn't tell us Arabs could fly planes into buildings instead of just hijacking them! You *bastards*!"

Still don't think it happened, though. Then again, I've never been to Iraq, so heck, the whole place might not even exist...the intelligence community has got to be steaming (or readying to unleash both barrels of WMD evidence at the proper time) over this.

As for the writer's apology, well, I'm not a great believe in apologies for biggies like this one. I'll take, "Oh, I'm terribly sorry, I dinged your car," but not, "I was duped by a super-secret non-existent con-man who was so good he fooled me for 20 years into thinking he was Special Ops."

Sounds more like they just needed heads to roll...
1,300 posted on 07/15/2003 3:45:41 AM PDT by Kip Lange ("And yet it moves.")
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