Saturday, October 29, 2005

Target of CIA leaks: Real crime was WHY they leaked agent's name

Ambassador Joe Wilson seemed to be the primary target of the leak of his CIA agent wife's name to the press. As he correctly notes here, the reason this case and the first of hopefully many indictments is so important is why he and his wife were targeted:

Wilson proved that the case for the war in Iraq was not just the result of mistaken intelligence, but intentional lies. He told the Bush administration that the documents saying Saddam tried to buy uranium from Niger were clumsy forgeries quickly disproven when he went to Niger, but the Bushies referred to the uranium claim as if it was true anyway.

The special prosecutor is also looking into who did those forgeries and has contacted the Italian government officials who investigated it since it originated there and NO similar investigation was started here.

One of the most aggravating things about the Bush administration is that they create problems either through incompetence or malice, then blame the government agency they ignored or coerced to cook the books, and use it as an excuse to give a Bush crony a new oversight position like Negroponte, or even create a whole new bureaucracy like the Department of Homeland Security. I hope the investigation goes this deep.

We'll see.

Related stories:

effect on Wilson/Plame & CIA

Investigating who faked the documents


Our 27 months of hell

By Joseph C. Wilson IV

The attacks on Valerie and me were upsetting, disruptive and vicious. They amounted to character assassination. Senior administration officials used the power of the White House to make our lives hell for the last 27 months.

But more important, they did it as part of a clear effort to cover up the lies and disinformation used to justify the invasion of Iraq. That is the ultimate crime.

The war in Iraq has claimed more than 17,000 dead and wounded American soldiers, many times more Iraqi casualties and close to $200 billion.

It has left our international reputation in tatters and our military broken. It has weakened the United States, increased hatred of us and made terrorist attacks against our interests more likely in the future.

It has been, as Gen. William Odom suggested, the greatest strategic blunder in the history of our country.

We anticipate no mea culpa from the president for what his senior aides have done to us. But he owes the nation both an explanation and an apology.

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