While Scooter Libby had his life and career destroyed because of Plamegate, those who had the biggest issue with the truth, Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson walk around free of consequences.
My awesome Senator Kit Bond is saying not so fast. As Vice-Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee he is a little troubled by the fact that Valerie Plame has no less than 3 different versions of how her husband was chosen to go to Niger.
VALERIE PLAME'S 3 VERSIONS:
1) To the CIA inspector general, she said that she suggested her husband for the trip.
2) To the Senate Intelligence Committee staff, she said she could not remember whether she suggested her husband or if her boss did.
3) To the House Committee, she said she did not suggest him.
In Plame's testimony to the House she said that her February 12, 2002 memo was taken out of context by the Senate. When I look at the memo it looks pretty clear to me that she was recommending her husband for the trip, maybe a liberal can point out to me what in the memo (posted below) is being taken out of context:
"The report forwarded below has prompted me to send this on to you and request your comments and opinion. Briefly, it seems that Niger has signed a contract with Iraq to sell them uranium. The IC [Intelligence Community] is getting spun up about this for obvious reasons. The embassy in Niamey has taken the position that this report can’t be true — they have such cozy relations with the GON [Government of Niger] that they would know if something like this transpired.
So where do I fit in? As you may recall, [redacted] of CP/[office 2] recently approached my husband to possibly use his contacts in Niger to investigate [a separate Niger matter]. After many fits and starts, [redacted] finally advised that the station wished to pursue this with liaison. My husband is willing to help, if it makes sense, but no problem if not. End of story.
Now, with this report, it is clear that the IC is still wondering what is going on… my husband has good relations with both the PM and the former minister of mines, not to mention lots of French contacts, both of whom could possibly shed light on this sort of activity. To be frank with you, I was somewhat embarrassed by the agency’s sloppy work last go-round, and I am hesitant to suggest anything again. However, [my husband] may be in a position to assist. Therefore, request your thoughts on what, if anything, to pursue here. Thank you for your time on this."
As a result, Senator Kit Bond has:
"written to the CIA asking to interview the people said to be involved. He also wants to reinterview Valerie Plame Wilson herself."
Over the years my respect for Senator Bond has only grown. He is a conservative, a patriot and a fierce fighter for justice. When there was voter fraud in Missouri in 2000 he didn't just sit back and say, thats too bad. He did something about it. There has been much injustice in Plamegate and Senator Bond once again is showing himself to be a fighter for truth and justice. He deserves our praise and thanks and I for one am happy to give it.