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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Washington Post Knows Joseph Wilson

I guess this means it's official: Joseph C. Wilson IV, mooncalf critic of "W" and the invasion of Iraq, has engaged in calumny in his effort to discredit President Bush:

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. [Emphasis added.]

The Washington Post editorial continues in the same vein to bring the story up to date:

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.

And, all this was included in an editorial opinion which started off by saying Vice President Cheney and his former chief of staff did nothing illegal by releasing declassified parts of the National Intelligence Estimate, but did act in a manner which created the opportunity for the leftists to go ballistic:

A Good Leak
President Bush declassified some of the intelligence he used
to decide on war in Iraq. Is that a scandal?
Sunday, April 9, 2006; Page B06
PRESIDENT BUSH was right to approve the declassification of parts of a National Intelligence Estimate about Iraq three years ago in order to make clear why he had believed that Saddam Hussein was seeking nuclear weapons. Presidents are authorized to declassify sensitive material, and the public benefits when they do. But the administration handled the release clumsily, exposing Mr. Bush to the hyperbolic charges of misconduct and hypocrisy that Democrats are leveling.

Has someone hacked into the Washington Post web site and posted a fake (but accurate) opinion?


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