The good leak
Washington Post in an amazing editorial titled, "The good leak," raised
the facts that former Ambassador Joe Wilson has been lying to the American
public. Of course, Democrats have been helping to promolgate that lie. Sen.
John Kerry on the morning talk shows affirmed Wilson's false claim that he
proved that Iraq did not try to buy yellow cake from Niger.
Here is what the Post said in part:
The affair concerns, once again, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV and
his absurdly over-examined visit to the African country of Niger in 2002.
Each time the case surfaces, opponents of the war in Iraq use it to raise a
different set of charges, so it's worth recalling the previous iterations.
Mr. Wilson originally claimed in a 2003 New York Times op-ed and in
conversations with numerous reporters that he had debunked a report that
Iraq was seeking to purchase uranium from Niger and that Mr. Bush's
subsequent inclusion of that allegation in his State of the Union address
showed that he had deliberately "twisted" intelligence "to exaggerate the
Iraq threat." The material that Mr. Bush ordered declassified established,
as have several subsequent investigations, that Mr. Wilson was the one
guilty of twisting the truth. In fact, his report supported the conclusion
that Iraq had sought uranium.
Mr. Wilson subsequently claimed that the White House set out to punish him
for his supposed whistle-blowing by deliberately blowing the cover of his
wife, Valerie Plame, who he said was an undercover CIA operative. This
prompted the investigation by Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald. After
more than 2 1/2 years of investigation, Mr. Fitzgerald has reported no
evidence to support Mr. Wilson's charge. In last week's court filings, he
stated that Mr. Bush did not authorize the leak of Ms. Plame's identity. Mr.
Libby's motive in allegedly disclosing her name to reporters, Mr. Fitzgerald
said, was to disprove yet another false assertion, that Mr. Wilson had been
dispatched to Niger by Mr. Cheney. In fact Mr. Wilson was recommended for
the trip by his wife. Mr. Libby is charged with perjury, for having lied
about his discussions with two reporters. Yet neither the columnist who
published Ms. Plame's name, Robert D. Novak, nor Mr. Novak's two sources
have been charged with any wrongdoing.