Monday, April 17, 2006

Plame convened meeting where Wilson discussed Niger trip

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.


David Thomson said...

The Wilson are hard core Democrats who tried to damage the Bush administration. This is the beginning and the end of the story. The leftist MSM has regrettably done a fairly successful job hiding this indisputable fact from the American public. A large number of Americans have been deluded into thinking that the Bush administration lied about the Plame affair.

Eric said...

I've been wondering about that one for a while.

The CIA is totally comprimised. Abolish it and send the intell gathering back to the military.

terrye said...

Why didn't Wilson have to sign a confidentiality agreement? I thought there were supposed to be rules about blabbing about secret missions, even the ones the little lady sends you on.

ChrisO said...

Plame may or may not have convened the meeting, but this memo doesn't prove anything. Don't you find it the least bit noteworthy that all of the damning evidence about Plame's role in sending Wilson to Niger depends on the views of someone from State? A State Department representative attends a meeting at CIA, then reports on the whole backstory of the meeting. Is it possible that the State Dept. representative made certain assumptions not backed up by facts? But since I'm posting this on the same blog that says "I bet" Grossman knew Wilson, and "I bet" Grossamn knew Plame, I can see how you might confuse assumptions with facts.