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The Plame Affair

2003-09-30 17:26:35.731534+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

If you haven't been following the Valerie Plame affair, you've probably been reading the newspaper. Synopsis: Plame is the wife of former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, who went to Nigeria to investigate the "yellow cake" affair. Subsequently, Robert Novak fingered Valerie Plame as a CIA "operative", citing "two senior administration officials". Today The Justice Department is launching an investigation at the request of the CIA.

Others are covering this better than I: Medley, RC3, Sparkey provides a contrarian view, Slate provides a comprehensive run-down which runs a middle-ground, but gives a balanced view of why this probably isn't as big a deal as we wish it were.

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#Comment Re: The Plame Affair made: 2003-09-30 18:58:14.563673+00 by: Shawn

Um... why is Sparkey's link an e-mail address?

#Comment Re: The Plame Affair made: 2003-09-30 19:15:14.798563+00 by: Dan Lyke

'cause I right-clicked on the wrong thingie. Fixed now.

#Comment Re: The Plame Affair made: 2003-10-01 15:48:31.056522+00 by: Dan Lyke [edit history]

Population One takes down the red herring of the speech on June 14th, 2003:

Let's say you went to Niger to investigate claims that Niger sold yellowcake to Iraq, and you found out that the claims were false. You made a report to that effect. Despite your report, Bush kept claiming that Niger sold yellowcake to Iraq. It became an important component of his justification for war, and you knew it was a lie. It further became evident that the remainder of Bush's allegations concerning WMD were inaccurate.

Might your views change?

#Comment Re: The Plame Affair made: 2003-10-03 20:14:22.649506+00 by: Dan Lyke

Rafe debunks some of the common debunking.