Thursday, April 29, 2004

Wilson Lists Three Names

From the New York Times:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, has been pegged as a possible leaker of the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame to a syndicated columnist, according to accounts in a book by former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, Plame’s husband.

In “The Politics of Truth,” to be published Friday, Wilson says Libby is “quite possibly the person who exposed my wife’s identity,” according to The Washington Post, which obtained an early copy.

The vice president’s office did not immediately respond Thursday to a request for comment.

Wilson writes that a “workup” of his background was done by the White House in March 2003, after his public criticism of the administration’s Iraq policy.

“The other name that has most often been repeated to me in connection with the inquiry and disclosure into my background and Valerie’s is that of Elliott Abrams, who gained infamy in the Iran-Contra scandal,” he writes.

Another suspect named in Wilson’s book: White House chief political adviser Karl Rove. “The workup on me that turned up the information on Valerie was shared with Karl Rove, who then circulated it in administration and neoconservative circles,” Wilson writes.

Syndicated columnist Robert Novak will only say that he got the name from “two senior administration officials.” Knowing Washington as we do, we can rest assured that all three will issue strong denials, leaving us with the conclusion that either Wilson is wrong or at least two of these men are lying. Heh. My money is on the latter.