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Was Valerie Wilson, not Joe, the Real Target?

Posted by MEC on March 17, 2007

Valerie Plame Wilson testified yesterday about her CIA assignment:

In the run-up to the war with Iraq, I worked in the Counterproliferation Division of the CIA, still as a covert officer whose affiliation with the CIA was classified. I raced to discover intelligence for senior policy makers on Iraq ‘s presumed weapons of mass destruction program. While I helped to manage and run secret worldwide operations against this WMD target from CIA headquarters in Washington , I also traveled to foreign countries on secret missions to find vital intelligence.

She also testified that

In February of 2002, a young junior officer who worked for me — came to me very upset. She had just received a telephone call on her desk from someone — I don’t know who — in the office of the vice-president asking about this report of this alleged sale of yellow cake uranium from Niger to Iraq.

She was specifically working on Iraq ‘s presumed weapons of mass destruction program. She wasn’t just an agent; she had people reporting to her in CIA headquarters. What are the odds that Dick Cheney, who was actively meddling in the very work she was overseeing, didn’t know about her? Slim, or none?

We know from other sources that Cheney was angry that he wasn’t getting what he wanted from the intelligence reports. And he wouldn’t get reports that “fit the facts around the policy” from Valerie Plame Wilson. Her testimony makes that very clear:

Intelligence collection is certainly more of an art than a science. But if there is any taint of bias, then it undermines its usefulness. The primary customer of our intelligence if, of course, the president of the United States. And if the president of the United States thinks somehow or doesn’t believe that his intelligence that he receives on his desk — he or she receives on his desk every morning — is free of ideology, politics, a certain viewpoint, how then can that president make the most important decisions of all about the security of our country? And I do feel passionately about that. You have to get the politics out of our intelligence process.

Ms. Wilson testified that she believed her outing was retaliation for her husband’s public criticism of Bush’s lies. She could be wrong about that. It might have been retaliation for doing her job the way it should be done, as the Busheviks have retaliated against so many people from climate scientists to U.S. attorneys for doing their jobs the way they should be done instead of serving the Bushevik agenda.

[H/T Arizona Girl in Salon’s Table Talk for inspiring these thoughts]

5 Responses to “Was Valerie Wilson, not Joe, the Real Target?”

  1. JamesR said

    Great analysis. I saw this portion of her testimony, but your reading between the lines here makes a lot of sense, considering prior tactics of the administration. They probably thought it was brilliant, hitting two birds with one stone.

  2. The counterproliferation division was the only group that could forcefully contradict Bushco’s wild claims of nuclear weapons in Iran um, Iraq. So, yes, it’s likely.

    I think this possibility was raised a long time ago, though. Laura Rozen, Swopa, and JMM all may have raised this hypothesis.

  3. eCAHNomics said

    Several months ago, I read something that said that Plame was working on IraN WMDs, i.e. nucular (like Our Father sez) program. It was after Hersh had already informed us about the upcoming campaign to bomb Iran, so I’m sure I didn’t mistake a Q for an N. I have no idea where I read it, so can’t track it down. That was my aha moment–that outting her wasn’t about Joe, that he was merely the twofer.

    My guess is that Iran planning started in earnest right after Commander Codpiece landed on Mission Accomplished. As Iraq started to deteriorate and no WMDs were found in Iraq, Shooter had to refine his selling strategy for Iran. CIA was less likely to be browbeaten, public less likely to take Admin’s word, etc. So one part was purging real analysts–remember that was Porter Goss’s job. It was during this period when Valerie got on the hit list IMO. Joe’s article was the silver platter that handed her to them.

    Now, if that tinfoilhat scenario is true, why would Valerie & CIA say she was working on Iraq? Probably she did both, and the Iran part is still classified.

    Anyhow, it’s a thought. . .

  4. Charles said

    She was working on both Iraq and Iran, EC. Not to menthion other countries. I was making an obscure joke.

    Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake did a piece on it the better part of a year ago. But like I say, my memory says that Laura Rozen or persons other than David Schuster actually broke the story.

  5. Charles said

    Ah yes. Jane references Larisa Alexandrovna of Raw Story, another amazing reporter. She broke this news in February of 2006.

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