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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-04 01:05 PM
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81. Talking Points Memo on why Wilson was sent to Niger
Edited on Sat Jul-10-04 01:12 PM by starroute
This was posted just over a year ago:

The most interesting bit of reporting I've seen today on the White House's concession about the fraudulence of the Niger-uranium documents comes at the tail end of a wire story from Reuters ...

A U.S. intelligence official said Wilson was sent to investigate the Niger reports by mid-level CIA officers, not by top-level Bush administration officials. There is no record of his report being flagged to top level officials, the intelligence official said.

The message here seems pretty clear: Joseph who? Wilson, this 'intelligence official' is saying, is some small-time operator who got sent to Niger by some mid-level functionaries at the CIA. All the people who counted had no idea he'd even gone on his trip. And they certainly didn't know about his vaunted report.

Now, I wouldn't be being very straight with you if I didn't start by saying that I don't find this claim particularly credible. But could this be true?

Josh Marshall goes on to say that Wilson was sent out by the CIA because of a request from the vice-president's office that doubts about the Niger uranium claims be looked into. And he suggests that the administration was hearing from several sources that the story was weak and really wanted something to back it up.

On edit: An interesting tidbit from a slightly later TPM of last September:

Another point. {Cliff} May hits again on the theme that Wilson is some sort of Bush-Bashing fanatic who can't be trusted. To this I would only ask, if Wilson is such a left-wing freak, why does the president's father think so highly of him?

I'd really, *really* love to know what Bush Sr.'s role is in all of this.
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