September 28, 2003

Has the blazing sh*t started to hit the fan?

Bush misadministration is focus of inquiry
CIA agent's identity was leaked to media in treasonous offence

"Get Karl Rove frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs."

A senior administration official said two top White House officials called at least six Washington journalists and revealed the identity and occupation of ambassador Joseph Wilson's wife. That was shortly after Wilson revealed in July that the CIA had sent him to Niger last year to look into the uranium claim and that he had found no evidence to back up the charge. Wilson's account eventually touched off a controversy over Bush's use of intelligence as he made the case for attacking Iraq.

"Clearly, it was meant purely and simply for revenge," the senior official said of the alleged leak.

Sources familiar with the conversations said the leakers were seeking to undercut Wilson's credibility. They alleged that Wilson, who was not a CIA employee, was selected for the Niger mission partly because his wife had recommended him. Wilson said in an interview yesterday that a reporter had told him that the leaker said, "The real issue is Wilson and his wife."

A source said reporters quoted a leaker as describing Wilson's wife as "fair game." - - from Josh Marshall (link above), and the WaComPo.

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