Say goodbye to Plamegate. a/k/a LEAK-GATE

Say goodbye to Plamegate. a/k/a LEAK-GATE
Thu Dec 4 18:52:44 2003

Say goodbye to Plamegate. a/k/a LEAK-GATE

Whopper: Joseph Wilson
Say goodbye to Plamegate.
By Timothy Noah
Posted Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, at 11:29 AM PT

Any goodwill that has come my way, and there has been an overwhelming support from Republicans who are highly indignant about this as well as some Democrats, but any goodwill accrues to my wife. Not to me. And my wife has made it very clear that—she has authorized me to say this—she would rather chop off her right arm than say anything to the press and she will not allow herself to be photographed [italics Chatterbox's]. So while I believe she would make a wonderful politician, it is tough to run a campaign if you're not talking to the press and you're not being photographed [italics Chatterbox's].

—Joseph Wilson on Meet the Press, October 5.

Former CIA officer Valerie Wilson (nee Plame) made her first public appearance among journalists yesterday as she watched her husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV, receive the first Ron Ridenhour Award for Truth-Telling.

Wilson, 53, is the retired diplomat who was sent by the CIA to Niger last year to investigate claims that Iraq had tried to buy 'yellowcake' uranium there for possible use in nuclear weapons. In July he accused the Bush administration of using the bogus allegations to help make a case for war. President Bush later backed away from the claim.

After Wilson went public, Valerie Wilson's name and occupation were leaked to journalists in what her husband calls retaliation for his criticism of the administration. The Justice Department is investigating the leak. …

Wilson was most emotional when addressing his wife's exposure. 'I'm sorry for that,' he said, looking at her and fighting back tears. 'If I could give you back your anonymity … I would do it in a minute.'

She sat quietly, wiping away a tear, as her husband added, 'Frankly, frog-marching is too good for those who decided that their political agenda was more important than either American national security or your life.'

…Valerie Wilson would not talk to reporters and attended the event only after receiving assurance that she would not be photographed [italics Chatterbox's].

—Reilly Capps, "Paying Homage to Truth and Its Consequences," in the Oct. 16 Washington Post.

Even before the president's budget director parked his motorcycle outside the front door, there was an only-in-Washington feel to the Sunday night sendoff of NBC News White House correspondent Campbell Brown, on her way to New York and Today show stardom.

At the buffet at Brown's home in Adams Morgan, former ambassador Joseph Wilson IV waxed indignant about the perfidies of the senior administration officials who he believes leaked the identity of his CIA-agent wife, Valerie Plame Wilson. … The buzz, though, focused on a shy and attractive blonde who sat nibbling finger sandwiches and discreetly introduced herself only as 'Valerie.'

—Washington Post "Names and Faces" column, Oct. 22.

Plame … mingled unobtrusively last month at a party at the home of the Washington Post's Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn.

—Howard Kurtz, "CIA Agent Valerie Plame Goes Undercover in Vanity Fair," in the Dec. 3 Washington Post.


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