Nov 30 2005
There is more and more evidence that there was a lot of collusion between the Wilsons, people at the CIA and people at the State Department to put out a sham story on the Niger forgeries to help Kerry get elected. Here is the evidence (which somehow Inspector
Clousseu Fitzgerald keeps missing).
(1) Wilson was working for the Kerry campaign when he started to tell his Niger forgery lie to Kristof, Pincus, Knight Ridder and the rest of the media. The fact is now well known the trip Wilson used as the lynch pin for the forgery sham had nothing to do with the forgeries.
(2) At the same time Wilson, by his own words, is calling the State Department, CIA and NSC about Niger, Rand Beers up and quits his job at NSC to go work for the Kerry campaign. Personally I think all those phone calls were to tell everyone to start implementing their plans.
(3) Rand Beers, per his own words, knows about Valerie and her role as a member of the Kerry campaign prior to the Novak article. Beers is good friends with Clarke and Berger (Berger being another Kerry campaign member).
(4) Wilson, in his own words, told a group of people only days before his NY Times Op-Ed piece ran in July 2003 that the only way the story can stop Bush’s re-election is for a scandal to hit the news media. Obviously it doesn’t matter if the scandal is just Niger forgeries, it could additionally include the outing of a CIA agent ready to retire.
The Wilson phone calls prior to the article coming out are interesting. And there are multiple variations (as with everything Wilson says).
Here is what Wilson said to Andrea Mitchell on July 6 2003 [Hat tip: reader Mary Mapes]
AMB. WILSON: Andrea, when I was in the National Security Council, I was senior director for African affairs, and subsequent to that, when I wrote this article, I checked with members of the then-vice presidentâ€™s staff, senior members, as well as other senior members of the NSC staff, to refresh my own memory.
OK, this could have been in May or June of 2003 or earlier. But isn’t interesting Joe Wilson is contacting ‘then-vice president’s [Cheney's] staff’? He is also contacting NSC staff. But let’s let Joe set some time lines for us:
In March, 2003, Dr. Mohamed El Baradai, the Director General of the IAEA testified to the UN Security Council that the documents had been deemed by that agency to be forgeries. His Deputy, Jaques Baute, had been even more candid, commenting that they were so replete with errors that a two hour search on Google would have sufficed to discredit them. The US government, in response, was a statement that ‘We fell for it.’
It was at that point that I became aware that the President’s State of the Union assertion was based on the Niger claim.
For the next three months, I privately urged the administration through contacts and third parties to correct the record. I also shared what I knew with Nick Kristof of The New York Times and Walter Pincus of The Washington Post, as well as with several Democratic Senators and I met with the staffs of the House and Senate Intelligence committees.
Democrat Senators. If I recall John Kerry is a Democrat Senator! Note that Wilson get’s really moving the exact same time Rand Beers leaves the government to join the Kerry campaign. And from March through May Wilson is calling all sorts of people. Could he have called Rand Beers on the NSC staff? Where is his statement regarding the Knight Ridder reporter he talked to? He was not being very discrete, or was he?
But there is more calling going on into June:
In mid-June, Condoleeza Rice, in response to a question from Tim Russert asserted with respect to what the White House knew about the Niger matter that maybe somebody in the bowels of the Agency knew something about it but nobody in her circle.
It was clear to me then, and later confirmed by a senior State Department official, that if the truth were to come out, I would have to write it myself.
Did Fitzgerald ever find out who all these contacts were and if they, like Rand Beers, knew about Valerie’s CIA job? I think I am going to have to start calling Fitzgerald ‘Fitz Magoo’ (and yes, anyone using that needs to site this post!).
Wilson is still talking about these pre media blitz contacts today!
I had attempted to talk directly to the State Department and to a number of Democratic senators and to get the record corrected.
The question is who was the state department person who would align with Wilson, Beers, Kerry and company? Well, right on queue we have Lawrence Wilkerson:
He was high enough up to have access to the NRI memo outlining Valerie’s r0le.
[T]he case that I saw for four-plus years was a case that I have never seen in my study of aberrations, bastardizations, perturbations, changes to the national security decision-making process. What I saw was a cabal between the vice-president of the United States, Richard Cheney, and the secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfeld, on critical issues that made decisions that the bureaucracy didn’t know were being made.
Until now, Wilkerson has also kept his counsel, although he publicly opposed John Boltonâ€™s confirmation as UN ambassador. At that time, most analysts believed that Wilkerson reflected Powellâ€™s private views on Bolton.
That would not be surprising, as Wilkerson worked directly with or for Powell for some 16 years out of their 30-plus-year military and government careers. At the same time, Wilkerson said he had paid a ”high cost” in his personal relationship with Powell for publicly speaking out.
Note that this is in a rag that writes about the VIPS as if they are not lunatic escaped from the asylum -which they are.
But this is the most telling comment from Wilkerson, and why no one should pay him much mind (except as a possible State Department mole for Wilson Axis)
Cheney, he said, was a ”good executive” as defence secretary under George H. W. Bush but appeared to change as a result of the September 11, 2001 attacks. ”I think (he) saw 9/11 and the potential for another 9/11 with nuclear weapons and suddenly became so fixated on that problem that it skewed his approach,” Wilkerson said, adding that neither he nor Rumsfeld could be considered neo-conservatives.
He thinks Cheney had a change of heart about nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists after 9-11? The more important questions is why didn’t Wilkerson? How many 9-11’s would it take to hit home with this cold hearted bastard? How many of us was he willing to let die because he was not fixated on the risk?
I am not sure what to make of Wilkerson, to be honest. But he is a definite candidate for the State Department leak source. Maybe he waited this long to retire because of Fitz Magoo’s ‘investigation’.