Roger Simon is wondering about Joseph Wilson, and whether he has any connection to the French. Well, here is the sort of tidbit a mystery writer loves - when Wilson took his trip to Niger, his travels took him through Paris.
Now, why do I know this? Good question - according to the Senate Intel Report, Wilson left for Niger on Feb 21, and arrived Feb 26. (p. 41/2), so there was a stopover somewhere, which I distinctly recall as being France. However, it is not mentioned in his NY Times op-ed.
OK, I need some help here on the research side. How about Nick Kristof, to start us up:
The agency chose a former ambassador to Africa to undertake the mission, and that person flew to Niamey, Niger, in the last week of February 2002. This envoy spent one week in Niger, staying at the Sofitel and discussing his findings with the U.S. ambassador to Niger, and then flew back to Washington via Paris.
And for the screenplay, over to you, Roger.
MORE: It's worth noting that Paris is a lovely city at any time of year (February?); that Wilson spoke French; that (a guess) the flights from Washington to Niger involve a connection in Europe; that to reduce jet-lag, spending a few days in Europe makes sense; and, given the French involvement in running the uranium mines, a chat with folks in Paris *may* have been appropriate. And yes, we see Kristof has Wilson stopping in Paris on the way back, not the way over.
Now, bonus paranoia - Kevin Drum speculated that Ms. Plame fed CIA info to Wilson to guide his leak strategy. Well, now - that could help Roger's script.