With regards to Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame, what does Joesph Reichert provide? Personal opinion, a left-wing media (Wilson their source), and Hollywood.
Prior to Iraq, Wilson was irrelevant, which didn’t fit his ambitions. To discredit Bush’s 16 words in the SOTU Address, Wilson sought out the media with a narrative that his “unequivocal” report, was everywhere at the highest levels of government, proving Bush lied and he personally caught the Niger forgeries, showing the CIA & the State Dept. that the documents had errors in names and dates.
On 5/2/03, Wilson & Plame attended a conference sponsored by the Senate Democrat Policy Committee. Wilson spoke on Iraq, Nickolas Kristof was another panelist.
On 5/3/03, Wilson and Plame meet with Kristof and tells him his story on Niger.
On 5/6/03, Kristof first brings up Wilson’s trip to Niger, without mentioning his name - “Missing in Action: Truth,” in the NY Times.
Wilson also went running to Walter Pincus at the Washington Post and got “CIA Did Not Share Doubt on Iraq Data; Bush Used Report of Uranium Bid.”
Problem with Wilson’s story is that the bi-partisan Senate Select Committee on Intelligence reported that his narrative is false. On the forged documents, committee staff asked Wilson how he could tell a reporter about forged documents when he never saw them. Wilson said he may have “misspoke” to the reporter. Wilson went to Niger in February ‘02, the CIA didn’t get the forged documents until February 03.
Russell C. Fette, Collinsville