An excerpt from "The Politics of Truth" (p. 346) on the question of whether Valerie Plame was involved in the decision to send Joe Wilson to Niger:
Quite apart form the matter of her employment, the assertion that Valerie had played any substantive role in the decision to ask me ot go to Niger was false on the face of it. Anyone who knows anything about the government bureaucracy knows that public servants go to great lengths to avoid nepotism or any appearance of it... Valerie could not havce stood in the chain of command had she tried to. Dick Cheney might be able to find a way to appoint one of his daughters to a key decision-making position in the Staet Dept's Middle East Bureau, as he did; but Valerie could not - and would not if she could - have had anything to do with the CIA decision to ask me to travel to Niamey.
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So what of she conveyed a request to me to come to the Agency to talk about Niger? She played absolutely no part in the decision to send me there.
"Absolutely no part in the decision"?
Per Time, he is no longer denying it.