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Monday, May 01, 2006
What Plame knew
In its report on Valerie Plame Wilson's appearance at the White House correspondents dinner with her husband Joe Wilson over the weekend, MSNBC tonight slipped in the confirmation that Ms. Plame was indeed working on something very important when she was outed as a CIA operative by Karl Rove, Scooter Libby and possibly others within the Bush administration: she was researching Iran's covert nuclear program, via her CIA front company, Brewster Jennings. Said David Shuster on Hardball tonight:
IN ANY CASE, AS PROSECUTOR PATRICK FITZGERALD CONSIDERS WHETHER TO CHARGE KARL ROVE WITH PERJURY, OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, OR WORSE... MSNBC HAS LEARNED NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE WHITE HOUSE LEAKS.

INTELLIGENCE SOURCES SAY VALERIE WILSON WAS PART OF AN OPERATION THREE YEARS AGO TRACKING THE PROLIFERATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS MATERIAL INTO IRAN. AND THE SOURCES ALLEGE THAT WHEN MRS. WILSON'S COVER WAS BLOWN, THE ADMINISTRATION'S ABILITY TO TRACK IRAN'S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS WAS DAMAGED AS WELL.

THE WHITE HOUSE CONSIDERS IRAN TO BE ONE OF AMERICA'S BIGGEST THREATS.
Other news sources have said that Brewster Jennings may also have been working on tracing a possible U.S. plot to plant WMD in Iraq. Now that would make Ms. Plame a convenient target...

Still, the question remains, why would the Bush administration risk wrecking an operation that was ferreting out the truth about Iran's nuclear program? Especially with Iran so much on the minds of the Bush crowd these days? The answer might be similar to the answer of why the administration would ignore so much prima facie evidence that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction and no nuclear program -- information coming out of their own intelligence services: because the truth is not what the Bushies want to hear. In other words, perhaps Ms. Plame was finding out that Iran's nuclear program was not nearly as threatening as the administration, the British and the Israelis are making it out to be.

You don't market a brand new war with information like that...

Related:

Three reasons not to bomb Iran ... yet

Did Dick Cheney order the Pentagon to make plans to nuke Iran immediately following another terrorist attack ... last July????

Bill Kristol mourns the waning Bush doctrine...

And Pat Buchanan casts Bush as the tragic Hamlet... ("tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, creeps in its petty pace form day to day, until the last syllable of recorded time..."

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