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Ambassador Joe Wilson talked to James Naughtie

on the Today Programme November 24 2005 - extracts (warmwell transcript) See also warmwell's Niger pages
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Washington Post Nov 1 2005

Valerie Plame (born 1963) is a former American Central Intelligence Agency employee who was identified as a CIA "operative" in a newspaper column by Robert Novak on 14 July 2003. This created a political controversy and eventually led to a Justice Department investigation into possible violation of U.S. criminal law regarding exposure of covert government agents. As of April 2005 the investigation continued without apparent result.


    PLAME AFFAIR TIMELINE  

     
    Feb 2002: Joseph Wilson looks into reports that Iraq tried to buy uranium in Niger
    6 July 2003: Mr Wilson goes public about investigation
    14 July 2003: Columnist Robert Novak writes the trip was inspired by Ms Plame - Matthew Cooper reports that he had similar information
    30 September: Justice department launches probe
    24 June 2004: President Bush testifies in case
    15 July: Cooper and Judith Miller ordered to testify about sources
    10 August: Miller and Cooper sentenced for contempt of court
    28 June 2005: Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal
    6 July: Miller jailed after appeals fail, Cooper agrees to testify

    30 September 2005 : Miller released and names Vice-President Dick Cheney's leading aide (Lewis Libby) as her main source.
    14th October 2005 : Karl Rove testifies for fourth time before Grand Jury
    19th October 2005 : Independent "Every sign is that Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor, is close to wrapping up his 22-month-old grand jury investigation, in which attention has focused on two top aides - President Bush's adviser Karl Rove and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the chief of staff to the Vice-President Dick Cheney."

3rd February 2006 ~ "Quietly, largely below the radar screen, Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald continues to work on the CIA leak case in which the administration decided to punish ex-ambassador Joseph Wilson for embarrassing them on Saddam's nonexistent search for yellowcake uranium by outing his wife, Valerie Plame, as a CIA agent. News on the case has been sparse indeed of late. I. Lewis ("Scooter") Libby, indicted former chief of staff for Vice President Cheney, crept back into the papers this week on a fishing expedition for CIA documents; while a single, shades-of-Watergate sentence in a brief report by James Gordon Meek in the New York Daily News indicated that "Fitzgerald… said in a letter to Libby's lawyers that many e-mails from Cheney's office at the time of the Plame leak in 2003 have been deleted contrary to White House policy." (The letter can be found at the Raw Story website.) Meanwhile, not so long ago in an investigative report at the Truthout website, the fine Internet reporter Jason Leopold indicated that Fitzgerald "has been questioning witnesses in the CIA leak case about the origins of the disputed Niger documents referenced in President Bush's January 2003 State of the Union address." ...." Tom Dispatch

24th November 2005 ~ Plame Scandal On the Today Programme today "The husband of the CIA agent whose identity was revealed by the White House, says that Tony Blair was double crossed by those in the Bush administration who wanted to go to war with Iraq regardless of the situation on weapons of mass destruction." Listen Again

And the interview with Mr Wilson himself: Listen Again

Extracts from the BBC recording (warmwell transcript)

23 November 2005 ~ I doubt that this intelligent lawyer with two small children will go down alone" Military.com

17 November 2005 ~ Mr. Cheney did not join the parade of denials New York Times on Bob Woodward's surprise testimony that " a current or former Bush administration official" told him "more than two years ago that the wife of a prominent administration critic worked for the C.I.A"
This "threatened Wednesday to prolong a politically damaging leak investigation that the White House had hoped would soon be contained"

Mr. Cheney did not join the parade of denials. A spokeswoman said he would have no comment on a continuing investigation. Several other officials could not be reached for comment.

4 November 2005 ~ "....People with close ties to Mr. Bush and Republicans... said there had been no discussion about Mr. Rove stepping down if he is not indicted....
....Democratic leaders again on Thursday called for Mr. Rove's resignation, citing Mr. Bush's pledge to demand the highest ethical standards from his administration.....
At the heart of the remaining investigation into Mr. Rove are the circumstances surrounding a July 11, 2003, telephone conversation between Mr. Rove and Mr. Cooper, who turned the interview to questions about a 2002 trip to Africa by Joseph C. Wilson IV, a former ambassador, who was sent by the C.I.A. to investigate claims that Iraq had sought to be buy uranium ore from Niger. In his testimony to the grand jury in February 2004, Mr. Rove did not disclose the conversation with Mr. Cooper, saying later that he did not recall it among the hundreds of calls he received on a daily basis. But there was a record of the call. Mr. Rove had sent an e-mail message to Stephen J. Hadley, the deputy national security adviser, which confirmed the conversation........
..It is not publicly known why Mr. Rove's e-mail message to Mr. Hadley was not turned over earlier, but a lawyer in the case said that White House documents were collected in response to several separate requests that may not have covered certain time periods or all relevant officials. Mr. Rove had no role in the search for documents, which was carried out by an administrative office in the White House. Mr. Rove corrected his testimony in a grand jury appearance on Oct. 14, 2004, after which Mr. Luskin said Mr. Rove had answered all questions truthfully...." New York Times

3 November 2005 ~ "Top White House aides are privately discussing the future of Karl Rove, with some expressing doubt that President Bush can move beyond the damaging CIA leak case as long as his closest political strategist remains in the administration.

2 November 2005 ~ "Rove's dirty tricks on behalf of Nixon's 1972 campaign catapulted Rove onto the national stage..." From Oped.news article by Wayne Madsen

1st November 2005 ~ "Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, is expected to plead not guilty to charges that he lied

28th October 2005 ~ White House Braces for Indictment; Rove Said to Be Spared for Now

27th October 2005 ~ "Leak-gate" is not another Watergate in the sense that, as far can be seen, neither Mr Bush nor Mr Cheney is directly in the line of fire. But for the administration, the stakes are enormous.

20th October 2005 ~" Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, has spoken publicly about the way Vice President Richard Bruce Cheney hijacked US foreign policy and instituted a secret policy-making cabal that cut the State Department out of the deal. ." Juan Cole in devastating form.

(The Raimondo article says, " Perhaps without knowing it, Wilson – in taking an interest in this subject – was getting too close to the enormous fraud at the center of the War Party's propaganda campaign.....version names Michael Ledeen as the conduit for the report and indicates that former CIA officers Duane Clarridge and Alan Wolf were the principal forgers. All three had business interests with Chalabi.....")

19th October 2005 ~ "...now we are told that Fitzgerald not only is pursuing Cheney, but has been for months"

15th October 2005 ~ George W. Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, testified at length on Friday for a fourth time before a grand jury

7th October 2005 ~ Karl Rove will testify for a fourth time in the Valerie Plame case - and prosecutors are saying there's no guarantee he won't eventually be charged with leaking the former CIA agent's name to reporters..

3rd October 2005 ~ "The implication is that Bush and Cheney took part in discussions with Karl Rove, Lewis Libby and other administration spinmeisters" Plame case Informed Comment

Oct 1 2005 ~ "An investigation into a White House intelligence leak was nearing its conclusion yesterday

August 7 2005 ~ " .....reminds us of what the real Rove scandal might be here

August 6 2005 ~ In 1992 Rove was fired from the state campaign to re-elect President George H.W. Bush on suspicions that Rove had leaked damaging information to Novak about Rob Mosbacher