Josh Gerstein of the New York Sun reports on two documents declassified by the State Department involving Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson.
In a July 7, 2003 memorandum State Department intelligence chief Carl Ford Jr. wrote:
"In a February 19, 2002, meeting convened by Valerie Wilson, a CIA WMD manager, and the wife of Joe Wilson, he [Joe Wilson] previewed his plans and rationale for going to Niger."
Let me set aside for a moment the issue of whether Plame was covert, and also set aside the issue of whether Joe Wilson lied about who recommended him for the Niger assignment.
I am wondering about the ethics of recommending a spouse for a government assignment, and then convening a meeting on that subject.