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Wilson talks off record about Niger, Plame identity leaked

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Before Wilson talks to Kristoff

Plame Leak timeline

What happened after Wilson talked to Kristoff

May 2003 Wilson contests 16 words, off the record

May 6

May 20

June 2003 WH scrambles to address criticism, Niger mission INR report created

June 8

June 10

June 13

July 2003 Wilson writes on record about Niger, Novak publishes Plame's name and CIA status

July 6

July 7

July 8

Mr. Novak turns to the subject of Ms. Wilson, identifying her by name. Novak claims to Mr. Rove that he knows that Joe Wilson had been sent on the trip to Niger at the urging of Ms. Wilson.
Rove responds by saying "Oh, you know about it."
In Rove's version of events he responds by saying "I heard that, too."
Rove's lawyer, goes on to say that Rove does not remember whether he told Novak, or Novak told him of Plame's identity as a covert CIA operative.
He asked Novak if he could walk a block or two with him, as they were headed in the same direction; Novak acquiesced. Striking up a conversation, my friend, without revealing that he knew me, asked Novak about the Uranium controversy. It was a minor problem, Novak replied, and opined that the administration should have dealt with it weeks before. My friend then asked Novak what he thought about me, and Novak answered: "Wilson's an asshole. The CIA sent him. His wife, Valerie [Plame], works for the CIA. She's a weapons of mass destruction specialist. She sent him."[2]

July 9

July 10

Wilson noted the story co-written in 1990 by Novak and suggested that Novak "check his files" before writing about him. Wilson went on to claim he was "hardly anti-war, just anti-dumb-war." Novak apologizes.

July 11

Q Dr. Rice, when did you all find out that the documents were forged?

DR. RICE: Sometime in March, I believe. Is that right?<p>
MR. FLEISCHER: The IAEA reported it.<p>
DR. RICE: The IAEA reported it I believe in March. But I will tell you that, for instance, on Ambassador Wilson's going out to Niger, I learned of that when I was sitting on whatever TV show it was, because that mission was not known to anybody in the White House. And you should ask the Agency at what level it was known in the Agency.<p>
Q When was that TV show, when you learned about it? <p>
DR. RICE: A month ago, about a month ago. <p>
Q Can I ask you about something else?<p>
DR. RICE: Yes. Are you sure you're through with this?<p>

[...] Cooper wrote that Rove offered him a "big warning" not to "get too far out on Wilson." Rove told Cooper that Wilson's trip had not been authorized by "DCIA"--CIA Director George Tenet--or Vice President Dick Cheney. Rather, "it was, KR said, Wilson's [sic] wife, who apparently works at the agency on WMD (weapons of mass destruction) issues who authorized the trip."[4]
which goes against this from the American Prospect on 8 march 2004.
But Rove also adamantly insisted to the FBI that he was not the administration official who leaked the information that Plame was a covert CIA operative to conservative columnist Robert Novak last July. Rather, Rove insisted, he had only circulated information about Plame after it had appeared in Novak's column. He also told the FBI, the same sources said, that circulating the information was a legitimate means to counter what he claimed was politically motivated criticism of the Bush administration by Plame's husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson.[5]

July 12

Pincus never wrote about this conversation at the time but testified and was deposed.

July 14

"Wilson never worked for the CIA, but his wife, Valerie Plame, is an Agency operative on weapons of mass destruction. Two senior administration officials told me Wilson's wife suggested sending him to Niger to investigate the Italian report. The CIA says its counter-proliferation officials selected Wilson and asked his wife to contact him. "I will not answer any question about my wife," Wilson told me."[11]
It is the first public mention of her name and that she allegedly recommended Wilson for the post. This is completely different than what Novak claimed 4 days earlier; he said that his source was a CIA source not a "senior administration official". To this Novak said that he misspoke.

July 17

July 20

July 21

July 22

"I didn't dig it out. It was given to me. They thought it was significant. They gave me the name, and I used it."

July 24

July 30 CIA files a crime report on leak, Rice admits 16 words dubious

DOJ, CIA call for Plame investigation, investigation starts

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