I intend to put the key elements of the story in one place, and update as necessary, with brief commentary.
These are meant to be in chronological order. I welcome suggestions for new links in the comments section; I discourage Dick Cheney style suggestions.
This is *mostly* original source material; I have included some commentary to provide perspective. If you are struck by a suddden tone-shift around Sept 30, 2003, it is because I "excerpted" a big chunk of Alex Parker's work there. He has retired from Bloggerdom, and if his site goes, I don't want to lose this material.
That said, the casual reader will quickly notice that I am not Joe Wilson's biggest booster. Mark Kleiman is not exactly a Wilson booster either, but he is a Bush critic who brings a useful alternative perspective to this; his library of links and commentary can be found here. Diana Smith has played no role in this, but we thank her anyway.
The Espionage Act
This law prohibits the disclosure of "classified material" that damages national security; it is not as often metioned as the Intelligence Identities Protection Act in relation to this case, but may be applicable.
The Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982 or here for a definition of "covert":
This is the law which could convict the leakers; it was enacted in response to rebel agent Philip Agee's publication of several CIA agents' identities. (Note: the law's defenses, and its definitions---of special note is the clause stating that a covert agent must have been in operation outside of the U.S. during the last five years in order to applicable.)
May 6, 2003: "Missing in Action: Truth", The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof: This column was the first to reveal the Feb. 2002 Niger trip; it doesn't mention Wilson, but we later learn (WaPo, Oct 12, 2003) he was a source. (See also Vanity Fair, Jan 17, 2004)
June 12, 2003: "CIA Did Not Share Doubt on Iraq Data", The Washington Post, Walter Pincus (or WaPo link): The Washington Post elaborates on Kristof's column, describes what happened with the CIA report; Wilson was also a source on this piece, which will get mentioned in the Senate Intelligence report.
June 13, 2003: "White House in Denial", Nick Kristof
Condoleezza Rice was asked on "Meet the Press" on Sunday about a column of mine from May 6 regarding President Bush's reliance on forged documents to claim that Iraq had sought uranium in Africa. That was not just a case of hyping intelligence, but of asserting something that had already been flatly discredited by an envoy investigating at the behest of the office of Vice President Dick Cheney.
Oooh, that didn't stand up to the final Senate report. My commentary.
June 19, 2003 - The New Republic article by John Judis and Spencer Ackerman recounts the Iraq nuclear story and includes this:
One year earlier, Cheney's office had received from the British, via the Italians, documents purporting to show Iraq's purchase of uranium from Niger. Cheney had given the information to the CIA, which in turn asked a prominent diplomat, who had served as ambassador to three African countries, to investigate. He returned after a visit to Niger in February 2002 and reported to the State Department and the CIA that the documents were forgeries. The CIA circulated the ambassador's report to the vice president's office, the ambassador confirms to TNR. But, after a British dossier was released in September detailing the purported uranium purchase, administration officials began citing it anyway, culminating in its inclusion in the State of the Union. "They knew the Niger story was a flat-out lie," the former ambassador tells TNR. "They were unpersuasive about aluminum tubes and added this to make their case more persuasive."
July 6, 2003: Enough prequel! The article that started it all: Ambassador Wilson, "What I Didn't Find in Africa".
July 6, 2003: Joe Wilson also speaks (again) to Walter Pincus of the Washington Post in "Ex-Envoy: Nuclear Report Ignored". Note that Messrs. Pincus and Leiby are wrong on just what allegation Wilson "debunked" - did Wilson prove that Iraq had not "tried to obtain uranium there for nuclear weapons", as they put it? Or did Wilson prove that Iraq had not *succeeded* in purchasing 500 tons of yellowcake, as Wilson wrote in his op-ed? Sorry, rhetorical question, you know the answer.
July 11: George Tenet, Director of the CIA, comments on "The Wilson Report", among other things. Key points - Tenet describes the content of the Wilson report differently from Wilson's July 6 account; and Tenet describes the selection of Wilson as having been a CIA idea.
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw describes the Wilson report here.
July 12, 2003: Press Gaggle with Ari Fleischer, The National Hospital, Abuja, Nigeria : Mr. Fleischer backs off of the "16 Words":
"So what we have said is it should not have risen to the level of a presidential speech. People cannot conclude that the information was necessarily false.
That went well.
July 13: Condi Rice w/ Wolf Blitzer. They discuss the "16 Words", and Joe Wilson. A flavor of Wilson's early impact on the press coverage is here:
BLITZER: But 11 months earlier, you, the Bush administration, had sent Joe Wilson, a former U.S. ambassador to Niger, to find out whether it was true. He came back, reported to the CIA, reported to the State Department, it wasn't true, it was bogus. The whole issue was bogus. And supposedly, you never got word of his report.
July 14: Robert Novak "outs" Ms. Wilson, aka Valerie Plame, in "Mission to Niger". The fateful sentences, with emphasis added for sources. Note the absence of a specific source in the first sentence:
Wilson never worked for the CIA, but his wife, Valerie Plame, is an Agency operative on weapons of mass destruction. Two senior administration officials told me Wilson's wife suggested sending him to Niger to investigate the Italian report. The CIA says its counter-proliferation officials selected Wilson and asked his wife to contact him.
July 16: David Corn writes about the Novak column in "The Nation".
Did senior Bush officials blow the cover of a US intelligence officer working covertly in a field of vital importance to national security--and break the law--in order to strike at a Bush administration critic and intimidate others?
It sure looks that way, if conservative journalist Bob Novak can be trusted.
His key excerpt from Novak drops the third sentence beginning "The CIA says...":
Novak's July 14, 2003 column presented the back-story on Wilson's mission and contained the following sentences: "Wilson never worked for the CIA, but his wife, Valerie Plame, is an Agency operative on weapons of mass destruction. Two senior administration officials told me Wilson's wife suggested sending him to Niger to investigate" the allegation.
Wilson caused problems for the White House, and his wife was outed as an undercover CIA officer.
July 17/22: TIME magazine, "The War On Wilson", since revised, dated July 17, 2003. I noticed the revision on July 22.
...some government officials have noted to TIME in interviews, (as well as to syndicated columnist Robert Novak) that Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, is a CIA official who monitors the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. These officials have suggested that she was involved in her husband's being dispatched Niger to investigate...
Notes: First, the parenthetical information that TIME's sources also talked to Novak was added in a revision. Secondly, TIME seems to distinguish, in the rest of the story, between "Administration officials", and "government officials". I mention this, because Professor Krugman will, eventually, misrepresent the TIME reporting in his own column. And, David Corn will (July 23) write a follow-up arguing (pretending?) that TIME's "government" equals Novak's "senior administration". TIME may tell. And TIME may be on my side!
July 18, 2003: White House briefing explaining the "16 Words" process.
July 18: Howard Dean puts this question at number four of "16 Questions" as the "scandal" gets a bit of attention.
July 22: Prof. Krugman calls attention to the charges and mis-states the TIME reporting in "Who's Unpatriotic Now?".
July 22: Newsday provides "Intelligence officials" who confirm that Ms. Wilson had a clandestine role at the CIA. This increases the stakes, since identifying a covert agent can be a felony, as noted by Mr. Corn. It also (eventually) wins these two reporters a subpoena.
July 22: A non-responsive Scott McClellan provides a White House press non-briefing. Word search down for "Novak".
July 23: Newsday: Probes Expected in ID of CIA Officer
Durbin (D), Rockefeller (D), and Hatch (R). But Hatch is unimpressed with the allegations.
July 23: David Corn of "The Nation" writes again. Little new info, which suggests that people are not talking. He does conflate Novak's "senior administration officials" with TIME's "government officials", and I hope TIME is on my side here, as mentioned on July 17. We extract this:
July 23: White House Press Briefing: Another brick in the stonewall. But Ms. Wilson was the first question! It is interesting watching the press try to ask the question in a way that does not provoke a response of "I answered that already." Without new food supplies, the pack will starve, or move on.
July 23: Don Luskin speaks to some "Washington contacts", and thinks this is big, the White House is involved, and it is not going away.
July 25: Sen. Schumer gets results! From Newsday:
Susan Whitson, an FBI spokeswoman, said the agency would "look at the issue and make determinations about whether there is an investigation that is warranted."
July 29: Jonathon E. Kaplan writes in The Hill. Good coverage, many lawmakers quoted.
Aug 4: Ambassador Wilson appears on "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer, and recycles old hypotheticals.
Aug 8: NY Times, Douglas Jehl: Good Wilson quotes.
Aug 10: St. Petersburg Times:
[Ambassador Wilson] said he believes that political operatives in the White House gave his wife's name to Novak, and he thinks he knows who they are. But he's "not ready, yet" to name them. He hopes an investigation - by the FBI, Congress or both - will take care of that.
He does not know who they.
Aug 15: John Dean, Nixon's former counsel, on the law; more David Corn on the process. Briefly, Corn's argument: until the CIA decides there was a security compromise, no investigation occurs. Tenet will be loyal to Bush, game over.
Aug 26: Mark Kleiman excerpts Wilson at an event:
"At the end of the day, it's of keen interest to me to see whether or not we can get Karl Rove frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs. And trust me, when I use that name, I measure my words." Stay Tuned!
Sept 17 - Slate - Surprise! Ambassador Wilson tells Slate that Rove was a metonym for "senior WH official". Also, a WH reporter asks WH press sec'y McClellan directly, "was it Karl Rove?". McClellan won't answer.
BIG BREAKTHROUGH IN MEDIA - we switch to Alex Parker.
Sept 26, 2003: "CIA seeks probe of White House", MSNBC.com [or TruthOut], Alex Johnson and Andrea Mitchell:
Reports the CIA's request of a Justice Department probe, which means that the CIA admits that she is an undercover employee, and that a crime may have been committed.
The CIA has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations that the White House broke federal laws by revealing the identity of one of its undercover employees in retaliation against the woman's husband, a former ambassador who publicly criticized President Bush's since-discredited claim that Iraq had sought weapons-grade uranium from Africa, NBC News has learned.
"Bush Administration Is Focus of Inquiry," The Washington Post, Mike Allen and Dana Priest, 9/28/03 (alternate - scroll down)
The story that made the scandal. It reported a senior administration official as stating that Novak's sources had called 6 other reports before the story broke, and that their motives had been either to smear him or for revenge. The Sr. Official modifies his story as to motive in a subsequent WaPo appearance (DATE? Pincus/Allen, Oct 12).
At CIA Director George J. Tenet's request, the Justice Department is looking into an allegation that administration officials leaked the name of an undercover CIA officer to a journalist, government sources said yesterday.
The operative's identity was published in July after her husband, former U.S. ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, publicly challenged President Bush's claim that Iraq had tried to buy "yellowcake" uranium ore from Africa for possible use in nuclear weapons. Bush later backed away from the claim.
Sept 29, 2003: "Bush Aides Say They'll Cooperate With Probe Into Intelligence Leak", The Washington Post, Mike Allen:
This article quotes Joseph Wilson as claiming that several reporters called him to tell him that they were contacted by admin. officials about his wife---later, he would clarify that they called him after Novak column ran. It also reports that Plame was "a case officer in the CIA's Clandestine Service," which apparently came from a senior intelligence official, or the administration source from its earlier article.
Sept 29, 2003: "Spy Games," The National Review Online, Clifford May:
May claims that Plame was well-known in Washington circles to be a CIA officer---says he learnt of her position in July from "someone who formerly worked in the government."
Sept 29: Via PBS Newshour, Brokaw denies Mitchell received leak:
TOM BROKAW: NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell has been identified by some as one of the recipients of a leak about the undercover agent. But tonight, Mitchell said that was not the case, that her first discussion with an administration official about the matter was after the Robert Novak column was published. And that discussion, she said, was off the record.
President Bush's chief spokesman said Monday that the allegation that administration officials leaked the name of a CIA operative is "a very serious matter" and vowed that Bush would fire anybody responsible for such actions.
The vow came as numerous Democratic leaders demanded the administration appoint a special counsel to investigate the charges that a CIA operative's name was divulged in an effort to discredit her husband, a prominent critic of Bush's Iraq policy. The White House rejected those calls, also saying it has no evidence of wrongdoing by Bush adviser Karl Rove or others and therefore no reason to begin an internal investigation.
This article continues to cover the events, reports that an anonymous journalist claims to have received Plame's name from an administration source before the Novak column.
Sept 30, 2003: Message from White House Counsel Alberto R. Gonzales to the White House Staff
The White House counsel directed WH employees to turn over all evidence relating to the case, although Democrats said there was an improper delay in the counsel's request. Oddly, the message tells staffers to turn over any documentation of Newsday reporters Knut Royce and Timothy M. Phelps, who did not disclose Plame's position until after Novak had written his column.
Sept 30, 2003: Transcript of PBS Newshour
Larry Johnson, a former CIA officer, is the first CIA-affiliated person to openly reveal his association with Plame in this interview. He claims she worked for the CIA during "three decades," and that leaking her name could potentially harm all of her former contacts.
Oct 1, 2003: "The CIA Leak," syndicated column, Robert Novak
Novak backpedals furiously, claims that he did not receive a planted leak, but rather that it was an "off-the-cuff remark;" he also claims that he erred in calling her an operative, because she was in fact described as an analyst. He also states that when he went to the CIA for confirmation, they never stated that anyone's life would be in danger from her disclosure:
During a long conversation with a senior administration official, I asked why Wilson was assigned the mission to Niger. He said Wilson had been sent by the CIA's counterproliferation section at the suggestion of one of its employees, his wife. It was an offhand revelation from this official, who is no partisan gunslinger. When I called another official for confirmation, he said: "Oh, you know about it." The published report that somebody in the White House failed to plant this story with six reporters and finally found me as a willing pawn is simply untrue.
Oct 1, 2003: "Justice Dept. Launches Criminal Probe of Leak," The Washington Post, Dana Milbank and Susan Schmidt
The story continues to chronicle the developments---mentions that the CIA answered an 11-question form from the Justice department which confirmed that Plame's position with the CIA was classified information. (An MSNBC story from 9/29 also mentioned this, but I have been unable to find it---anyone who could e-mail me a link to the story, or to the questionaire itself?)
October 2, 2003: "The Plame Game", Howard Fineman. Originaly titled "Victoria's Secret" (Ooops!), this lays out a motivation for the leak - a CIA/Admin tug of war over Iraq policy.
October 2, 2003: "The Spy Who Loved Him," The New York Times, Maureen Dowd
Reveals, through an interview with Wilson, that Plame revealed to Wilson her CIA position "somewhere around their first kiss," leading others to speculate that she wasn't keeping her identity secret, as is required by the law in question, even though, in the column, Wilson remarks that "I had security clearance."
Oct 2, 2003: "Robert Novak's desperate damage control," Salon.com, Eric Boehlert
This is one example of many articles which cite an intelligence source confirmation of Plame's status as an undercover operator.
Oct. 4, 2003: "The Wilsons for Gore," syndicated column, Robert Novak, 10/4/03
In a follow-up column, Novak reveals that in 1999 Plame gave $1,000 to the Gore campaign, and that according to FEC records she listed her occupation as an "energy analyst" for Brewster-Jennings, which does not seem to have really existed and thus is probably a CIA front.
Oct. 4, 2003: "The Spin is Not Holding," The Nation, David Corn
This mostly repeats the Newsweek 10/6 piece but also gives more clues as to the the senior intelligence aide's identity, describing him or her as a "National Security Council staffer," and also claiming that he thinks he knows who this official is, but will not say because he or she might still be undercover.
Oct 6, 2003: "Secrets and Leaks," Newsweek, Evan Thomas and Michael Isikoff, 10/6?/2003
This piece sums up the events to that point and makes a few more revelations: two sources claim that Karl Rove called television commentator Chris Matthews after the 7/14 leak, and told him that he thought Plame's position with the CIA was relevant; also, it reports that a senior intelligence aide worked closely with Plame in the past.
Oct 8, 2003: "The Spy Next Door," The Washington Post, Richard Leiby and Dana Priest
This is a human-interest story about Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame; implies that she traveled on "business trips" during the last five years.
Oct 8, 2003: Oct 8, 2003: "Criminal or Just Plain Stupid?" Newsweek web exclusive, Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball
This story reports that some "close to the events" believe that the initial Robert Novak leak was a misstep by one official, and that the other phone calls reported were by White House operatives after they had read Novak's piece.
Oct 10, 2003: "Leak of CIA officers leaves trail of damage," Knight-Ridder, Warren B. Strobel
Strobel gives more background on Plame, reports that address records indicate she may have worked with a European embassy at that time, although the State Department records do not show her name.
October 10, 2003: Boston Globe, "Apparent CIA front didn't offer much cover": Chill on the Brewster-Jennings revelation -
Plame's exposure as an intelligence operative has become a major controversy in Washington. Former intelligence officials confirmed Plame's cover was an invention and that she used other false identities and affiliations when working overseas. "All it was was a telephone and a post office box," said one former intelligence official who asked not to be identified. "When she was abroad she had a more viable cover."
Oct 11, 2003: "Secrets of the Scandal," The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof
Kristof makes several revelations: Plame's identity may already have been compromised by Aldrich Ames in 1994; Plame was steadily moving from non-official cover to official cover from the State Department; it was somewhat known in Washington that Plame had CIA connections, but her exact position was a well-guarded secret.
Oct 12, 2003: "Probe Focuses on Month Before Leak to Reporters," The Washington Post, Walter Pincus and Mike Allen
This article reveals that Wilson was a source for the Kristof 5/6 piece and the Post's 6/12 piece, also reveals that a Post reporter was contacted by administration officials about Plame on 7/12, and the anonymous source from the Post's 9/28 piece re-confirms his statements. Also mentions that investigators are looking into the NSC staffer who might have known of Plame's connection to Wilson.
Eventually, this story will be one of the reasons Pincus gets subpoenaed - he mentions an Admin source that gave info about the leaker on Jul 12.
Oct 17, 2003: "Memo May Aid Leak Probe," The Wall Street Journal, David S. Cloud
This article claims that an an internal CIA memo reveals Plame's connection to Wilson's Niger trip; it also reveals that Plame was involved with the clandestine network which monitors Iraq.
Oct 27, 2003: "NOC, NOC. Who's There? A Special Kind of Agent," TIME Magazine, Michael Duffy and Timothy J. Burger
This article reveals a few more tidbits about Plame: She only revealed her position to Wilson after several months of dating a thorough background check, and it confirms that she had non-deep non-official cover, (meaning that her background info was not elaborately designed), and she worked under official cover in a European city in the early 90s, and that her non-official cover was beginning to unravel due to her high-profile marriage.
Oct 27, 2003: "The Stovepipe", New Yorker, Seymour Hersh. Important for flavor. More on the forgeries, the handling of intelligence (some of which stood up), and Wild CIA Conspiracy theory - rogue CIA planted the forgeries. Vigorously debunked in "Seymour Hersh’s Pipedream" by Dennis Hans.
Oct 31, 2003: "Unfair Game / Joseph Wilson on the cost of telling the truth in Washington", LA Weekly, Ben Ehrenreich
Excerpt: Q: Do you think it’s possible that the president himself did not know the information that you brought back from Niger before he gave the State of the Union speech?
WILSON: I think it’s highly likely that the truth was kept from him. The question for me is who so betrayed the president as to allow this lie to get into the State of the Union address? It wasn’t me. It was somebody from his own staff. It was a manipulation of intelligence, a twisting of intelligence, the selective use of facts or fiction to bolster a political decision that had already been made.
Dec 3, 2003: Whopper: Joseph Wilson. Tim Noah, formerly sympathetic, turns on Wilson viciously. But hysterically!
Feb 10, 2004: One x Two x Six: The NY Times "Top Bush Aide Is Questioned in C.I.A. Leak", David Johnston; and the Washington Post, "Bush Aides Testify in Leak Probe", Mike Allen and Susan Schmidt.
These two stories need to be read side by side to capture the true hall-of-mirrors aspect of the scandal, which has devolved into the press covering the attempts by the prosecutor to learn what the press already knows - who leaked?
Great detail from the Times, near the end:
...But more recently, prosecutors have focused on a Sept. 28, 2003, article in The Washington Post, which said the newspaper had been told that "yesterday, a senior administration official said that before Novak's column ran, two top White House officials called at least six Washington journalists and disclosed the identity and occupation of Wilson's wife."
The Sept. 28 WaPo article is featured above, and carries Mike Allen's byline. Mr. Allen also wrote the Feb 10 piece updating the investigation. However, WaPo readers were not informed that the investigators were pursuing leads generated by the WaPo reporter. Is thathow big-time reportes cover a story?
January 17, 2004: Vanity Fair profile, which confirms his leak to Kristof:
In early May, Wilson and Plame attended a conference sponsored by the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, at which Wilson spoke about Iraq; one of the other panelists was the New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof. Over breakfast the next morning with Kristof and his wife, Wilson told about his trip to Niger and said Kristof could write about it, but not name him.
May 3, 2004: Joe Wilson on Larry King Live to promote his book. An excerpt to aid future Google searches:
WILSON: They didn't. As the story started circulating Dr. Condoleezza Rice, national security adviser, was interviewed on "Meet the Press" in June and she said that well, maybe someone in the bowels of the agency, referring to the CIA, might have known something about this but no one in my circle. That was simply not true. As it turns out, not only by what I knew then, but as it turns out in the aftermath of the article that I published.
May 23, 2004: "Don't Tread on Joseph Wilson", John Dean's review of Wilson's book in the NY Times. Dean has articles sympathetic to Wilson cited above.
July 9, 2004: Senate Intelligence report. A section devoted to Niger provides lots of news on Wilson.
July 10, 2004: Washington Post, Susan Schmidt, "Plame's Input Is Cited on Niger Mission"
July 10, 2004: A vicious, self-indulgent reprise by yours truly.
July 10, 2004: Pejman rounds up some links.
July 13, 2004: "Will Nick Kristof Come In From The Cold?":
My commentary pulling together earlier stories and the new Senate report.
July 14, 2004: NY Times: How Niger Uranium Story Defied Wide Skepticism; By James Risen
The RSS perma-link is not available, so here is an excerpt from their Wilson coverage:
Instead of assigning a trained intelligence officer to the Niger case, though, the C.I.A. sent a former American ambassador, Joseph Wilson, to talk to former Niger officials. His wife, Valerie Plame, was an officer in the counterproliferation division, and she had suggested that he be sent to Niger, according to the Senate report.
That finding contradicts previous statements by Mr. Wilson, who publicly criticized the Bush administration last year for using the Niger evidence to help justify the war in Iraq. After his wife's identity as a C.I.A. officer was leaked to the news media, Mr. Wilson said she had not played a role in his assignment, and argued that her C.I.A. employment had been disclosed to punish him. The F.B.I. is investigating the source of the leak about Ms. Plame, which was classified information.
More excerpts here.
July 18: Mark Steyn, "How a serial liar suckered Dems and the media"
An amusing tirade that makes the political connection to Kerry.
July 18, 2004: "New Reports Again Question Whether Iraq Sought Uranium in Niger", Richard W. Stevenson and David Johnston, NY Times.
July 18, 2004: The Wilson-Plame Affair (Cont'd)
Michael Getler, the WaPo ombudsman, responds to Wilson's letter to Post.
...Wilson, in his letter, refers to "the Republican-written" report. It is a bipartisan report. Wilson says "the decision to send me to Niger was not made, and could not be made, by Valerie." Neither the report, nor the story, says she made "the decision."
July 18, 2004: CNN Late Edition, Wolf Blitzer. Wilson reviews the allegations against him.
BLITZER: So when the committee says that you told them you had misspoken, what did you misspeak?
WILSON: Well, actually, what I misspoke was, when I misspoke to the committee, when I spoke to the staff -- this interview took place 15 months after The Washington Post article appeared. I did not have a chance to review the article. They did not show me the article.
They threw it out there, and the question I took as being a rather generic question: Could you have misspoken? Yes, I am male, I'm over 50. By definition, I can misspeak. I have gone back since and taken a look at this particular article. It refers to an unidentified former government official. If it is referring to me, it is a misattribution, of facts that were already in the public domain and had been so since March.
My first public statement on this, in my own words, was on July 6th.
July 19, 2004: Weekly Standard, "A Little Literary Flair", Matthew Continetti
Lots of media clips catching Joe in action. A Lexis-Nexis bonanza!
Kristof, the first of Wilson's many journalistic victims, accepted Wilson's claims at face value. "I do know from talking to people directly involved in the Niger deal that information did go to the vice president's office and did go to the national security staff in the White House and went to the top of the CIA," he told an NPR interviewer on June 25, 2003.
July 19, 2004: "Defending Joe Wilson", David Corn, The Nation
July 19, 2004: Paula Zahn interviews Joe Wilson, who explains his press problem - they all misquoted me!
ZAHN: I want you to respond to that very specific allegation in the addendum to the Senate report, which basically says that your public comments not only are incorrect, but have no basis in fact.
WILSON: Well, I'm not exactly sure what public comments they're referring to. If they're referring to leaks or sources, unidentified government sources in articles that appeared before my article in "The New York Times" appeared, those are either misquotes or misattributions if they're attributed to me.
July 20, 2004: Bob Somerby, The Daily Howler. A lefty media critic buries Wilson. For language and content , rated "R" - Democratic reader discretion advised.
OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS, ever since Ambassador Joseph Wilson's credibility was thrown into question by the Senate Select Committee's report on prewar Iraq intelligence, the ambassador has taken to the airwaves to defend himself. How do you respond, he's been asked, to charges that, in numerous conversations with reporters over the last year, you inflated your role in "debunking" foreign government intelligence reporting which suggested Saddam Hussein's Iraq sought uranium from Africa? And Wilson gave his answer. He blamed the reporters he had snookered only months before.
Thing is, the reporters don't seem to mind.
Aug 10 - VPW - Reporters Subpoenaed
Nov 26 - The When and How of Leak Being Probed; Susan Schmidt, WaPo.
Editor and Publisher follows up: New Twist in Plame Game: When Did Novak Column Move on the Wires?
From the WaPo: "While Novak's column did not run until Monday, July 14, it could have been seen by people in the White House or the media as early as Friday, July 11, when the Creators Syndicate distributed it over the Associated Press wire."
For an alternative perspective: The Mark Kleiman Archive - a collection of commentary and links from the left.
More left-friendly links here.