Friday, April 30, 2004

Say what?

Joseph Wilson IV is the erstwhile Clinton ambassador who the CIA stupidly sent to Niger to investigate claims that Iraq had sought to purchase enriched uranium. Wilson went to Niger, sat around drinking tea (by his own admission), chatted up Niger officials and rubbished the claims. But now, the Washington Post reports that Wilson has written in his new book that

It was Saddam Hussein's information minister, Mohammed Saeed Sahhaf, often referred to in the Western press as "Baghdad Bob," who approached an official of the African nation of Niger in 1999 to discuss trade -- an overture the official saw as a possible effort to buy uranium.

. . . Wilson wrote that he did not learn the identity of the Iraqi official until this January, when he talked again with his Niger source.

Wilson's book is about his life since an administration official allegedly exposed his wife's identity as a CIA agent (there's still no real proof that she was a covert operative within the preceding 5 years -- which would make the disclosure illegal). But he made much ado about the non-existent Iraq-Niger uranium connection. Now he's changed his tune.

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