October 16, 2005

Hayes' Wilson/Plame Primer

There goes Stephen Hayes, practicing journalism again. Check out his detailed timeline of events leading up to Plame's so-called "outing" as a CIA agent, which makes clear the key truth which has been consistently avoided in mainstream media accounts of the affair, but which is nevertheless pretty well documented by now. And that is that Joseph Wilson is a liar.

He claimed in his NYT op-ed that his trip to Niger had turned up no evidence to support the previous intelligence reports that Iraq had sought to purchase "yellowcake" uranium from Niger. At best a distortion, if not an outright lie, as his CIA debriefing would later show. He claimed his wife had nothing to do with him getting the Niger gig. A lie. He even claimed to have had a role in debunking a set of documents that turned out to have been forged. De-bunk.

It should be clear by now that the only one telling flat-out lies was Joseph Wilson. Again, Wilson's trip to Niger took place in February 2002, some eight months before the U.S. government received the phony Iraq-Niger documents in October 2002. So it is not possible, as he told the Washington Post, that he advised the CIA that "the dates were wrong and the names were wrong." And it is not possible, as Wilson claimed to the New York Times, that he debunked the documents as forgeries.

That was hardly Wilson's only fabrication. He would also tell reporters that his wife had nothing to do with his trip to Niger and, as noted in the New Republic article, that Vice President Cheney's office had seen the report of his findings. Both claims were false.

It seems that very few people paid attention to the CIA's report on Wilson's trip to Niger. And those who did found that his account--particularly his revelation of the meeting between Mayaki and the Iraqis in 1999--supported the original reporting that Iraq had sought uranium from Niger...

...the bipartisan Senate Select Intelligence Committee released a 511-page report on the intelligence that served as the foundation for the Bush administration's case for war in Iraq. The Senate report includes a 48-page section on Wilson that demonstrates, in painstaking detail, that virtually everything Joseph Wilson said publicly about his trip, from its origins to his conclusions, was false.

Posted by dan at October 16, 2005 5:10 PM