September 01, 2006

"Mr. Wilson, Your Fifteen Minutes Are Up."

The WaPo on the end of L'Affair Plame:

Nevertheless, it now appears that the person most responsible for the end of Ms. Plame's CIA career is Mr. Wilson. Mr. Wilson chose to go public with an explosive charge, claiming -- falsely, as it turned out -- that he had debunked reports of Iraqi uranium-shopping in Niger and that his report had circulated to senior administration officials. He ought to have expected that both those officials and journalists such as Mr. Novak would ask why a retired ambassador would have been sent on such a mission and that the answer would point to his wife. He diverted responsibility from himself and his false charges by claiming that President Bush's closest aides had engaged in an illegal conspiracy. It's unfortunate that so many people took him seriously.

What I'm left wondering is whether Wilson suckered Plame with his story or whether she was in on the scam herself. That would have a significant impact on the amount of sympathy I'd have for her.

Posted by Robert at September 1, 2006 08:13 AM | TrackBack

I'd have to think she knew of and approved of Joe's actions.

Posted by: The Colossus at September 1, 2006 08:35 AM

I think they would investigate Valerie Plame. Why? Rule #1 in the intell biz is Do NOT call Attention to Yourself. Which is exactly what Amb Joe did (and Val by extension).

She must have known that the particulars of her employment would become public, otherwise she would have yanked back on ol' Joe's leash and told him to keep his opinions to himself. I'll leave to others to speculate on motivation.

Posted by: KMR at September 1, 2006 12:19 PM

Plame's goal was to leak and use government officials to do this. Joe was run by Plame.

Posted by: dwe at September 1, 2006 04:38 PM