Thursday, February 01, 2007

Repost of quote of the day - Plame/Wilson/Washington Post

In light of the ongoing Scooter Libby trial, I am reposting the "quote of the day" from September 1, 2006 [Washington Post]
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.

Washington Post - September 1, 2006

The point of the quote is that the entire basis for the prosecution and the original investigation is false. Remember this when you hear meaningless details about who said what to whom and when.

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