Thursday, October 27, 2005

Wilson: Indictments would be a sad day.

Wilson said that by publicly questioning the president's reasoning for the war in Iraq, he was simply acting in the country's best traditions.

"It is called holding your government to account for what it says and does in the name of the American people. We need to put this government on notice that it truly is a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

"When a government takes the country to war on lies and misinformation," he said to rousing applause, "that government ceases to be a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

"And that government becomes a government that preys on the people."

Though Rove and Libby appear to be at the heart of the grand jury investigation, The New York Times reported this week that, according to lawyers involved in the case, Vice President Dick Cheney first disclosed the name of Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, to Libby in June 2003.

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Wilson said he was withholding judgment regarding the claims about Cheney. "I don't know what to think of that, except to say it saddens me deeply. I get no satisfaction from that."

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Knowingly disclosing the identity of covert federal agents is a crime. Fitzgerald is also investigating other possible crimes, including obstruction of justice, making false statements to a grand jury and mishandling classified information.

Wilson served as a career diplomat from 1976 to 1998. In 2002, he was asked to investigate claims that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was seeking uranium from Niger for a nuclear weapons program.

When his inquiry turned up nothing, Wilson said he reported to officials in Washington that the claims were unfounded.

Wilson publicized his beliefs in a July 2003 Op-Ed column for The New York Times, arguing that the Bush White House had distorted intelligence about Saddam's attempts to acquire nuclear materials in order to justify the invasion of Iraq.

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Eight days later, in what Wilson and his supporters saw as raw personal payback, syndicated newspaper columnist Robert Novak published a column noting that he had been told by top administration officials that Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, a CIA officer, may have played a major role in having Wilson sent to Niger.

"What I did was write 1,500 words in The New York Times," he said during the speech. "This was not an act of civil disobedience. This was an act of civil responsibility."
Leak indictments would be 'a sad day,' Wilson says

People forget that Joseph Wilson and his wife were working with the Bush administration as he had worked for the Bush 41 administration.

More on the CIA leak case at tith:

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