Here are some names to file away in the data banks ...
Joseph Wilson a political centrist, was a career United States diplomat from 1976 to 1998. During Democratic and Republican administrations, he served in various diplomatic posts throughout Africa and eventually as ambassador to Gabon. He was the acting ambassador to Baghdad when Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, and was the last American official to meet with Saddam before the Gulf War. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush called Wilson a "True American Hero."
At the request of the CIA in February 2002, Wilson investigated reports of Iraq's attempt to buy uranium from Niger. After President George W. Bush claimed in his 2003 State of the Union address that, "Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa," Wilson wrote a New York Times op-ed, "What I Didn't Find in Africa," which outlined his belief that Bush had misled the public.
In October 2003, Wilson received the Ron Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling from the Fertel Foundation and the Nation Institute. Also in 2003, columnist Robert Novak disclosed the undercover identity of Wilson's wife, CIA operative Valerie Plame. In The Politics of Truth: A Diplomat's Memoir, Wilson claims that senior administration officials leaked his wife's identity to reporters and manipulated information to support going to war in Iraq. The U.S. Justice Department is currently investigating the leaking of Valerie Plame's undercover identity.