Skip to comments.CIA Tried to Discredit Secret Memo Through Washington Post
Posted on 07/18/2005 5:56:59 PM PDT by ConservativeMajority
Much of the discussion this week about the latest disclosures in the alleged outing of a covert CIA agent will focus on an internal memo that detailed how former Ambassador Joe Wilson was chosen for a mission to Niger. The document indicated that Wilsons wife, Valerie Plame, offered up his name for the assignment to investigate claims that Saddam Hussein tried to acquire uranium from the African nation.
Wilson denied that Plame pushed him for the job and said that Vice President Dick Cheney asked him to go. An official who works for the State Departments Bureau of Intelligence and Research authored a memo that contradicts both of those assertions.
The former ambassador accused the White House of exposing his wifes identity to columnist Robert Novak in order punish him by destroying her career. Wilson had written an op-ed for the New York Times that criticized the Bush administration for continuing to suggest that Iraq had attempted to acquire the nuclear material when his investigation had uncovered no evidence to support it.
It appears that White House officials, who discussed Plame in the context of explaining how an outspoken opponent of the administrations policy on Iraq was chosen, may have been unaware of her status with the agency. Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper revealed that he brought up the CIA analyst to Karl Rove, which refutes Wilsons charge of a smear campaign against his wife by Bushs chief political advisor. Cooper confirmed that Rover never mentioned Plames name and tried to steer him away from putting too much faith in Wilsons account.
Officials at the CIA tried to discredit the smoking gun memo and the news service that confronted Wilson about it in October 2003 in order to keep the White House on the defensive. They relied on a sympathetic recipient of previous leaks that cast the administration in a negative light for the disinformation effort. In December 2003, the Washington Post quoted an agency source as challenging the accuracy of the document, claiming that the meeting described could not have taken place.
Wilson too, continued his self-righteous charade of being a patriot instead of a partisan until July 2004 when the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence authenticated the memo and chastised him for his dishonesty. He was quickly dropped as a senior foreign policy advisor to John Kerrys presidential campaign and disappeared from public view until last Thursday when Senate Democrats tried to strip Rove of his security clearance.
While Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald continues to sift through the testimony provided by administration officials and reporters, the role of the CIA officials in the Plame affair is the subject of an internal investigation. Some of those involved in the operation to undermine the administration have already been reassigned or forced to resign. When Porter Goss was named DCIA last year, sources friendly to the Washington Post complained that the new regime was running roughshod over the agencys senior staff. Stephen Hayes wrote in the Weekly Standard in November 2004 of Goss efforts to stop leaks from the agency and the pushback he encountered from the entrenched bureaucrats he was charged to manage.
Clearly, Plame was part of the element within the CIA that actively worked against the Bush administration. The available evidence shows that it is likely she suggested her husband for the mission so that the agency would be assured of the anti-Bush results. The INR memo is the only evidence of the plot and the renewed focus on the document may bring this into public view. Additionally, the agency is in the untenable position of having to stand by its contention that Plame still had covert status, despite significant evidence to the contrary. Without that, any case involving violation of the 1982 statute protecting secret agents would collapse and confirm the political operation.
With the assistance of a sympathetic media and opportunistic Democrats, the CIA has portrayed a third-rate analyst as a James Bond in high heels and her husband as the definitive authority on transfers of uranium to terrorist regimes after an eight-day junket to Africa. Plames specialty was weapons of mass destruction proliferation, yet little of the information the agency possessed turned out to be accurate in terms of Iraq.
Responsibility for the intelligence failures that culminated in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 lies squarely on the shoulders of the CIA. It had become dysfunctional and highly politicized by the end of the 1990s as the result of budget cuts and neglect. The extent to which it was a rogue agency is demonstrated by its attempt to influence the outcome of last years presidential election.
Officials in the administration should be applauded for blowing the whistle on the CIAs political activism and taking steps to refocus its attention on the urgent need for reliable intelligence in a post-9/11 world.
Sure does sound like somebody is getting lined up for a treason trial.
Helen Thomas is probably not too old to take to court ~ no doubt she had some bad stuff to say about Pinochet.
I knew that.
The libs are obsessed with Gannon and in typical fashion can't intelligently refute what he says, so they immediately go for the personal stuff.
Irony point taken.
I hope Valerie Plame and Joseph Wilson have a good pair of boots. They're going to need them!
Have you ever listened to Ed Schultz? What a putz. He tries so hard to be the left's Rush that it's almost to funny to listen too. I usually turn it off after a few minutes or as soon as I start to feel like throwing up.
Many of the worst of the leftists don't understand that a lot of decent people are/will say "So what?" even if they "prove" this thing. Like Iran-Contra. Like the putative SR-71 ride and "October Surprise." The people the left are trying to pillory are on the whole much better people with a much shorter rap sheet of dishonesty and criminality...
I think a lot of the reporter rancor is over the lady in jail. They feel it is unjust for her to be in jail when others aren't.
If there is no indictment of Rove - and there shouldn't be - he'll be bigger than ever. Libs will consume themselves with rage.
Or she was every bit as incompetent as her husband. They deserve each other.
I don't get a station with him on it---but I remember when Air America was just in the talking stages, he was mentioned as one of the main talk show hosts, so a lot of the cable shows had him on...
you are right...he is awful.
Jerry Springer just started on AA---he is as bad as Al Franken and Janene Garafalo...
Trust me guys---I don't "listen" to it---I kinda slide by to see what crapola they are spewing then I run out!
What you said...
I have read some articles (like David Horowitz') that pretty much say that Plame/Wilson DID use the CIA as a dem political wing and that is why she suggested him to go to Niger...
By that time, Wilson was NOT on the CIA payroll and had no right to see those documents, whether or not they were forgeries. But his wife, Valerie Plame, would CERTAINLY see those documents because her portfolio was Nuclear Proliferation. Did she give secret CIA documents to her husband to help him attack Bush? Inquiring minds want to know.
I just walked out of Santorums Office in Harrisburg, PA. I heard this, "We have an acceptable nomination for the Court".
No clue who it might be. Watch the news tomorrow.
Didn't want to start a thread just for this but found it interisting. I now return you to your normal subject.
Interesting. Porter Goss still has a lot of work to do, cleaning house.
Oh, yeah, that's it. Tease us and tell us to tune in tomorrow!:)
I read an interesting article today is by Jack Kelly, who theorizes that all roads lead to the Wilson's and the forged Niger documents:
Outing Plame may not have been illegal. What is the prosecutor hunting?
"What if someone in the CIA was leaking classified information to influence the 2004 election? Uncovering a crime like that would be worthy of Inspector Javert's doggedness.
I suspect the biggest shoe in this case has yet to drop, and liberal journalists won't be happy when it does."
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