April 29, 2004


Wilson Names Three Possible CIA Leakers (AP, Apr 29, 2004)

Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, has been pegged as a possible leaker of the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame to a syndicated columnist, according to accounts in a book by former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, Plame's husband.

In "The Politics of Truth," to be published Friday, Wilson says Libby is "quite possibly the person who exposed my wife's identity," according to The Washington Post, which obtained an early copy.

The vice president's office did not immediately respond Thursday to a request for comment.

Wilson writes that a "workup" of his background was done by the White House in March 2003, after his public criticism of the administration's Iraq policy.

"The other name that has most often been repeated to me in connection with the inquiry and disclosure into my background and Valerie's is that of Elliott Abrams, who gained infamy in the Iran-Contra scandal," he writes.

Infamy? Elliott Abrams has helped liberate Nicaragua and Iraq. What did Joe Wilson ever do of comparable worth?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 29, 2004 5:29 PM

OR, Hanssen or Ames. Jury's still out.

Posted by: Sandy P. at April 29, 2004 6:35 PM

Of course Abrams is infamous for Iran-Contra. Don't you know that the means justify the end? If your means are wrong, your end is wrong. So if you have to lie to Congress to liberate Nicaragua and Iraq in dictatorship, then don't do it. They're only foreigners anyway and don't count. ;)

Posted by: Brandon at April 29, 2004 6:52 PM

This is all so 2003.Isn't it time to just MoveOn™?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 29, 2004 7:23 PM

Wilson himself is most likely the leaker - how else would he have received a full-page spread in Vanity Fair? He is starting to resemble Kato Kaelin.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 29, 2004 7:40 PM

A professional houseguest moving in with and mooching off celebrities?

Posted by: Ken at April 30, 2004 8:39 PM

No, someone pathetically addicted to celebrity himself. Although, I am sure Wilson milked whatever political connections he made in those 15 minutes quite nicely. Maybe Valerie can get a speaking gig at the convention in Boston (with the scarf and sunglasses, of course).

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 30, 2004 10:01 PM