Don’t Let the Bush Administration Sweep the Plame Case Under the Carpet!
Heard much about the Valerie Plame case recently? No? We haven’t either, and that is a shame because the Bush administration’s “outing” of Valerie Plame might just be their downfall
The neo-con cabal currently illegally occupying the White House has certainly put a lot of time and energy into discrediting Valerie Plame and her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson. First, the “talking heads” delivered the “this is just some guy trying to sell a book” line. Then they attacked Mr. Wilson’s character. And recently, they have unearthed an alleged attempt by Saddam Hussein to actually purchase the much-disputed uranium. The funny thing is, even if Mr. Wilson was just trying to sell a book and even if he turned out to be shadier than an old-time medicine show hawker and even if there really was an attempt to purchase uranium in Nigeria…even if all this is true, exposing a CIA agent is still TREASON!
It’s time we reminded the media and our elected representatives of this fact. Don’t let Bush’s smoke and mirrors obscure the central issue in this case. Please take action today. It will only take a minute.
Below are several media and legislative contacts. A sample letter is also provided, (although, as always, please personalize as much or as little as you like). Let’s give this story some legs – send one letter, or send one a day, but help us get this story back into the national spotlight
If you need additional information to help personalize your letters, please see:
Amy Goodman: email@example.com
Washington Post: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guardian, UK: email@example.com
Legislative contacts (phone, fax and e-mail contact info on pages below)
Henry Waxman: http://www.henrywaxman.house.gov/contact.htm
Patrick Leahy: http://leahy.senate.gov/contact.html
Tom Daschle: http://daschle.senate.gov/write.htm
Nancy Pelosi: http://www.house.gov/pelosi
In John Dean's review of Wilson's book (NYT Book Review; 5-23-04; pg9) he documents that two days after the op-ed article ran, journalist Robert Novak was telling people that Wilson's wife Valerie Plame was a CIS "weapons of mass destruction specialist."
Novak exposed Plame's identity in a 7-14-03 column. He sourced his story to two "senior administration officials." These two senior White House officials had lobbied at least six journalists to expose Plame in what Dean calls a "you-hurt-us-we-will-hurt-you warning" to those tempted to expose administration "misinformation."
When Wilson appeared on MSNBC's "Countdown," host Keith Olbermann held up three identical e-mails from the White House. Olbermann explained their intent was to discredit Wilson with their "talking points."
Wilson has noted that Sandy Berger, President Clinton's national security advisor pointed out that since the Bush people never back down, the fact that they had admitted an error after the op-ed article indicated "they must have something more important to protect." (The Politics of Truth, by Wilson; pg4)
Joseph Klein's 7-5-04 article in Time (Plenty More to Swear About; pg 21) reveals that Plame was "active in a sting operation involving the trafficking of WMD components" when her identity was exposed by the White House. "Only a high-ranking official could have had access to the knowledge that Plame was on the pay-roll," an intelligence source told Klein.
There is clearly more to this story than the White House and senate republicans are willing to tell the public. What investigation by Plame needed to be derailed by the White House? I hope that national leaders and the media will focus attention on this important issue.
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