16 July 2005

Didn't you get the memo?

Today’s New York Times has more info on the
infamous State Department memo.

The memorandum was prepared at the
State Department, relying on notes by an
analyst who was involved in meetings in
early 2002 to discuss whether to send
someone to Africa to investigate allegations
that Iraq was pursuing uranium purchases.
The C.I.A. was asked by Mr. Cheney's office
and the State and Defense Departments to
look into the reports.

According to a July 9, 2004, Senate
Intelligence Committee report, the notes
described a Feb. 19, 2002, meeting at C.I.A.
headquarters on whether Mr. Wilson should
go to Niger.

The notes, which did not identify Ms. Wilson
or her husband by name, said the meeting
was "apparently convened by" the wife of a
former ambassador "who had the idea to
dispatch" him to Niger because of his
contacts in the region. Mr. Wilson had been
ambassador to Gabon.

The Intelligence Committee report said the
former ambassador's wife had a different
account of her role, saying she introduced
him and left after about three minutes.

But the Times neglects to mention that the memo
is not a credible source for what happened at
that meeting.

The Washington Post (Dec. 2003):

Sources said the CIA is angry about the
circulation of a still-classified document
to conservative news outlets suggesting
Plame had a role in arranging her husband's
trip to Africa for the CIA. The document,
written by a State Department official who
works for its Bureau of Intelligence and
Research (INR), describes a meeting at the
CIA where the Niger trip by Wilson was
discussed, said a senior administration
official who has seen it.

CIA officials have challenged the accuracy of
the INR document, the official said, because
the agency officer identified as talking about
Plame's alleged role in arranging Wilson's trip
could not have attended the meeting.

The memo is just a sloppy smear job.

But whoever had access to this memo would have
known Wilson’s wife was an undercover agent --
and could have leaked that information to
Robert Novak.

So who had access to the memo?

Click here to find out.