Monday, October 24, 2005

Plamegate: Truth be told

NRO: An Open Letter to the Press: Tell the Truth About Joseph Wilson:

...Why do you and many other reporters persist in using the following stock description Joseph Wilson:

Joseph C. Wilson IV, a former ambassador who became a critic of the administration's Iraq policy by disputing the possibility that Saddam Hussein's regime sought to buy uranium fuel from Niger...
...Why not describe Wilson as follows:

Joseph C. Wilson IV, a former ambassador who became a critic of the administration's Iraq policy by disputing the possibility that Saddam Hussein's regime actually bought uranium fuel from Niger...
Read the whole article to see why the distinction is important.

Hat Tip: Instapundit

Update: Wislon's OpEd that started it all, Stephen Hayes' excellent The White House, the CIA, and the Wilsons and FactCheck.Org's take on it:

  • A British intelligence review released July 14 calls Bush’s 16 words “well founded.”
  • A separate report by the US Senate Intelligence Committee said July 7 that the US also had similar information from “a number of intelligence reports,” a fact that was classified at the time Bush spoke.
  • Ironically, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who later called Bush’s 16 words a “lie”, supplied information that the Central Intelligence Agency took as confirmation that Iraq may indeed have been seeking uranium from Niger.
  • Both the US and British investigations make clear that some forged Italian documents, exposed as fakes soon after Bush spoke, were not the basis for the British intelligence Bush cited, or the CIA's conclusion that Iraq was trying to get uranium.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is indisputable that Iraq "sought" yellowcake. That's what Bush said in the SOTU "16 words."

This whole thing has been total bullcrap from the beginning.

BizzyBlog

October 24, 2005 at 10:59 PM  

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