August 2, 2005


Why Did Joseph Wilson Lie? (Cliff Kincaid, August 2, 2005, AIM)

One of the fascinating questions about the Valerie Plame affair is why Joseph Wilson lied about his wife's role in sending him on that mission to investigate the Iraq-uranium link. In his own book, ironically titled, The Politics of Truth, Wilson admits that if she played such a role, that might be a violation of federal nepotism laws. Of course, the special prosecutor is not investigating that. But Herbert Romerstein, a former professional staff member of the House Intelligence Committee, says there is another reason. And that is that her involvement in sending her husband on a CIA mission to Africa meant that when Wilson went public about it, foreign intelligence services would investigate all of his family members for possible CIA connections. Those intelligence services would not simply assume that he went on the mission because he was a former diplomat. They would investigate his wife. And that would inevitably lead to unraveling the facts about Valerie Wilson, or Valerie Plame, and her involvement with the CIA.

The most obvious explanation is the least charitable, so let's assume it's not true.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 2, 2005 2:42 PM

"Take my wife--please!", eh?

Posted by: Noel at August 2, 2005 7:55 PM

Why? Like Clinton said: Because he could.

Posted by: obc at August 2, 2005 9:37 PM

I just have to assume that it was a skirmish in the war between State and CIA. Wilson was used because he was willing to roll over on State. Powell leaked Plame's name to neutralize the hit.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at August 2, 2005 10:53 PM

Maybe State was jealous; trying to undermine Bush's foreign policy is their job.

At a minimum, Palme* should be charged with theft of government property for personal purposes.

(*You see one soccer socialist, you've seen them all.)

Posted by: Noel at August 2, 2005 11:44 PM

Who paid for Joe Wilson't trip to Niger?

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 3, 2005 10:16 AM