Did Joe Wilson out his own wife?

Posted by: ST on November 5, 2005 at 11:58 am

It appears so … and it also seems quite likely that those who’ve said it wasn’t a well kept secret in Washington as to the status of Joe Wilson’s wife were right on the mark. Via WorldNetDaily:

A retired Army general says the man at the center of the CIA leak controversy, Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, revealed wife Valerie Plame’s identity in a casual conversation more than a year before she allegedly was “outed” by the White House through a columnist.

Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely told WorldNetDaily that Wilson mentioned Plame’s status as a CIA operative in at least three, possibly five, separate conversations in 2002 in the Fox News Channel’s “green room” in Washington, D.C., as they waited to appear on air as analysts.

Vallely and Wilson both were contracted by Fox News to discuss the war on terror as the U.S. faced off with Iraq in the run-up to the spring 2003 invasion.

Vallely says, according to his recollection, the first time Wilson mentioned his wife’s job was around February or March of 2002 – more than a year before Robert Novak’s July 14, 2003, column identified her, citing senior administration officials, as “an Agency operative on weapons of mass destruction.”

“He was rather open about his wife working at the CIA,” said Vallely, who retired in 1991 as the Army’s deputy commanding general in the Pacific.

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Vallely said, citing CIA colleagues, that in addition to his conversations with Wilson, the ambassador was proud to introduce Plame at cocktail parties and other social events around Washington as his CIA wife.

“That was pretty common knowledge,” he said. “She’s been out there on the Washington scene many years.”

If Plame were a covert agent at the time, Vallely said, “he would not have paraded her around as he did.”

My my my. What a tangled web of lies Mr. Wilson has weaved. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was known prior to 2002. Put quite simply: Joe Wilson is a shameless political opportunist and glory-seeker and nothing more, unless you ask the Rove-haters, of course …

(Hat tip: QandO)

More Wilson/Plamegate-related blogging around the blogosphere: Tom Maguire here and here, AJ Strata, Macsmind

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  • 19 Responses to “Did Joe Wilson out his own wife?”

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    1. ArizonaTeach says:

      Oh SNAP! (Sorry, saw Chicken Little last night). Please please please please please let this hit the big time.

      This has really been floating around for some time, but it’s ready to burst, God willing.

    2. Walter E. Wallis says:

      I think that Fitz should immediately question Wilson under oath about the outing.
      Ain’t gonna happen, though.

    3. steve says:

      So far bush has been very fortunate. The last guy who tried to put the CIA out of business was Kennedy. Stop the war in Iraq. Peace

    4. - This could very possibly be an even worse Molitov cocktail for the Dems than RatherGate. You’d think at some point the party of “Elite Intellectuals” would be at least smart enough to stop beating thier skulls against the Rovian wall. I guess Bush derangement goes deeper than anyone imagined possible.

    5. CZ says:

      So far Bush has outsmarted them all. The last guy who tried to put the CIA out of business was Clinton. Keep killing the Islamofascist murders in Iraq. Peace, through superior firepower.

    6. Eyedoc333 says:

      It looks like the swiftboating of Joe Wilson is in full swing.

      Of course a full and unimpeded investigation will help us get to the truth, whatever that may be.

    7. Nope, just the full truth – something you guys seem to have a real issue with, it seems.

      Send all the gang at the AA blog my love and hugs, will you?

    8. WG says:

      Ya’ll still haven’t gotten over your little obsession with lil ol’ me? That’s so cute! Lemme see if I can figure out how this works: don’t have a life? Troll other blogs in an effort to see how quickly one can get banned and then brag about it like you just stole candy from children and got away with it. Amusing, in a weird sort of way, considering we’re supposed to be talking about ‘rational adults’ … Have fun! XOXOX –ST

    9. Eyedoc333 says:

      I’m glad to see that we agree on wanting the full truth. These investigations can’t always resolve exactly the way we’d wish. I am prepared to accept any outcome, so long as the investigation is conducted properly.

    10. SUAS says:

      Well, well. I see the Err America gang is bored back at their blog–even the trolls don’t go there like they used to.

    11. HadaAbeche says:

      Well…It looks like Smokin Joe isnt going to take this lying down…..! LINK

    12. Seth says:

      I get the feeling that Tom and Scooter are both going to walk, which is just as well, because politically motivated frame jobs by desperate Dems shouldn’t be taken all that seriously.

      What I’ve observed about the Angry Left is that they’re so obsessed with “getting” Bush that they don’t use the powers of reason that God gave us.

      They just attack mindlessly.

      It’s a good thing these folks are anti-war, because if any of them were admirals or generals, we’d be a sure thing for invasion and occupation by the likes of Trinidad or Sri Lanka.

    13. camojack says:

      Good old Mr. Wilson…NOT!!! :twisted:

    14. J Rob says:

      Read HadaAbeche’s link. I think the threat to sue is an empty one for one reason: Wilson would have to go under oath.

    15. David Foster says:

      And while the media goes all hysterical over Plamegate, here is a very serious *real* spy story that isn’t receiving much attention.

    16. HadaAbeche: blogged about that today! When I released your comment, I didn’t get a chance to check your link (til now).

      J. Rob: Yep … and the interesting thing is I don’t think Vallely is going to back down from those comments, either, which will hopefully call Joe Wilson’s bluff.

      David: My goodness! Oh, the answer to your question is no: the media will not give the story you blogged about any significant attention simply because it doesn’t involve alleged wrongdoing by anyone in the administration.

    17. Deanna says:

      This is a huge farce being purpetrated on the American people by the media. Foxnews was at the airport to meet Wilsons plane on his return from Africa and they stated on national TV that he was also being met by his wife Valerie plame who worked for the CIA. They not only named her and where she worked they showed her driving up and getting out of her car and greeting Wilson when he came off the plane.

    18. Deanna says:

      Valeria Plame is still working for the CIA even though she is in violation of federal nepotism laws and should be charged. Some news organizations noted this evidence at the time but because Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald had begun investigating the issue of who leaked information about her identity, the nepotism issue was simply shunted aside, even though that is the critical matter and gets to the heart of what the Wilson affair is all about. It’s clear that Plame and Wilson pulled off a monumental deception, with the help of the media.
      It is very clear that Wilson and Plame has an axe to grind and so makes one wander just how much Plame and her cornies in the CIA have to do with all the leaks of classified, top secrets that the press are getting their hands on and why is that no one in the media or any of the Dems yelling for an investigation into these leaks?