Monday, July 12, 2004

Let them eat yellowcake

The western standard has the goods on Mr. Joe Wilson, our old liar friend:

The Yellowcake Made Him Do It
In the same report of CIA failures over WMD intelligence in Iraq monopolizing the airwaves in the past few hours, there exists this virtually unreported tidbit. Via Instapundit;

WASHINGTON - A Senate report criticizing false CIA claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction at the same time provides support for an assertion the White House repudiated: that Iraq sought to buy uranium in Africa.

A Friday report from the Senate Intelligence Committee offers new details supporting the claim.

French and British intelligence separately told the United States about possible Iraqi attempts to buy uranium in the African nation of Niger, the report said. The report from France is significant not only because Paris opposed the Iraq war but also because Niger is a former French colony and French companies control uranium production there.

Joseph Wilson, a retired U.S. diplomat the CIA sent to investigate the Niger story, also found evidence of Iraqi contacts with Nigerien officials, the report said.[emphasis mine - ed]


Former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, dispatched by the CIA in February 2002 to investigate reports that Iraq sought to reconstitute its nuclear weapons program with uranium from Africa, was specifically recommended for the mission by his wife, a CIA employee, contrary to what he has said publicly.

You remember Joe Wilson, don't you?

"If they were referring to Niger when they were referring to uranium sales from Africa to Iraq, ... that information was erroneous and ... they knew about it well ahead of both the publication of the British white paper and the president's State of the Union address,"

The same Joe Wilson who was just a few months ago, cruising the talk show circuit, gracing the cover of Vanity Fair and penning op-eds, after Robert Novak publicized his wife's name in what has become known as the "Plame Affair".

He knew about it and lied. Multiple times. Partisan corruption of intelligence. Willfully ignoring evidence that would have helped the government he was employed by.

I think the term is "treason". (PS: thanks Ann Coulter)

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