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Joseph C. Wilson
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Joseph C. Wilson is the CEO of his own firm JC Wilson International Ventures, "a consulting firm specializing in strategic management and international-business development."[1][2] In January 2007, Wilson joined Jarch Capital, LLC, as vice chairman, to advise the firm's expansion in areas of Africa considered "politically sensitive."[3] A United States Foreign Service diplomat before retiring in 1998, Wilson was posted to African countries and to Iraq during the George H. W. Bush administration and later served as Special Assistant to US President Bill Clinton and as Senior Director for African Affairs on the United States National Security Council. Wilson became known to the general public as a result of his op-ed "What I Didn't Find in Africa", published in The New York Times four months after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Wilson's op-ed documented his 2002 Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) investigation into whether Iraq had purchased or attempted to purchase uranium yellowcake from Niger. He concluded that the George W. Bush administration twisted intelligence to "exaggerate the Iraqi threat."[4] The week after the article's publication, Robert Novak, in his syndicated Washington Post column, disclosed that Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, worked for the CIA as an undercover officer. Subsequently, former Ambassador Wilson and others alleged that the disclosure was part of the Bush administration's attempts to discredit his report about his investigations in Africa and the op-ed describing his findings because they did not support the government's rationale for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Wilson's allegations led to a federal investigation of the leak by the United States Department of Justice, to the appointment of a Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, to the CIA leak grand jury investigation, and to a major American political scandal variously dubbed by the press "Plamegate", the "Plame affair", the "CIA leak scandal", and other terms relating to the public disclosure or "leak" of Mrs. Wilson's then-classified covert CIA identity as "Valerie Plame". Although no one was "indicted for actually leaking Plame's identity,"[1] the investigation resulted in a federal criminal trial United States v. Libby in which Lewis Libby, the former Chief of Staff to Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney, was tried on five federal felony counts. He was convicted on four of the counts, involving false statements, perjury, and obstruction of justice, none of which related directly to the Plame relevation but rather to his failure to cooperate with the subsequent investigation into the revelation. Libby was sentenced to 30 months in prison and a fine of $250,000.

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Disloyalty Is Never an Acceptable Political Tactic

(250) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 12:06 PM

Since when has it become appropriate to profit from the violent deaths of four Americans in the service of our nation to raise money for political coffers? Since when has it become appropriate to use emails obtained illegally by a central European criminal hacker, operating from a Russian server and...

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We're for Hillary and Here's Why

(342) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 12:05 PM

We have known Hillary Clinton both professionally and personally for close to 20 years, dating back to before President Bill Clinton's first trip to Africa in 1998 -- a trip that they both acknowledge changed their lives, and gave considerable meaning to their post White House years and to the...

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Pat Roberts, Congenital Liar

(201) Comments | Posted September 28, 2014 | 7:16 PM

Does Senator Pat Roberts, the Republican from Kansas, live in Kansas? That's the issue that's tripped him up as he runs for reelection. But I have known for a decade where he really lives. Like Dorothy, he is no longer in Kansas anymore. Like Oz, he is a charlatan. He...

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Iraq: The Way Ahead Requires Understanding the Past

(67) Comments | Posted June 21, 2014 | 12:01 PM

Shortly after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait 24 years ago, I met with Saddam Hussein to demand the withdrawal of his troops. Saddam was defiant, taunting that the US did not have the stomach for a war to dislodge him, and asserting that were he to be deposed, Iraq would sink...

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Karl Rove, Have You No Sense of Decency?

(233) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 6:02 PM

Since Karl Rove first turned up as a youthful dirty trickster for the Nixon campaign in 1972, his underhanded attacks have always been calculating. When he decided that he would question whether the fall and concussion Hillary Clinton suffered in 2012 to try to disqualify her from consideration for the...

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Voter Intimidation and Suppression Come to New Mexico

(583) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 10:50 AM

For over twenty years, as a diplomat in Africa and the Middle East, I worked to bring free and fair elections to emerging democracies, always in the face of entrenched powerful interests. We often called upon the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute to assist us in developing...

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George Bush's Deception Points

(1130) Comments | Posted November 9, 2010 | 4:35 PM

Having read that people began lining up in front of bookstores before former President Bush's memoir, Decision Points, was due to be released, I hurried off to purchase mine early on November 9, arriving about fifteen minutes after opening time. I have the distinction of being the first person to...

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Courage and Consequence: Less Memoir Than Hoax

(155) Comments | Posted March 9, 2010 | 7:44 PM

Karl Rove's book Courage and Consequence is less memoir than hoax. The chapters that relate to the CIA leak scandal are yet another attempt to deflect attention from his central role in the betrayal of Valerie Plame Wilson's identity as a covert CIA officer.

His distortions and fabrications are...

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Legitimate Questions of Judgment, Experience

(77) Comments | Posted May 4, 2008 | 11:37 PM

In recent weeks Americans have been subjected to a litany of outrageous statements from Sen. Barack Obama's pastor of 20 years, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. While Obama was finally compelled to distance himself from his radical preacher, the relationship raises legitimate questions about Obama's judgment and naivete.

Obama, after all, wants...

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The Obama Campaign: Consent of, or Contempt for, the People

(335) Comments | Posted April 16, 2008 | 1:57 PM

Senator Obama's ill-conceived remarks likening small town Americans to embittered guns-and-God bigots have triggered a justifiable furor. Not only are the remarks insulting, but also factually incorrect.

As it happens, at the same event in San Francisco, Senator Obama made other remarks, equally startling, insulting our Foreign Service, Intelligence...

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Smears and Tears: How Obama's National Security Week Turned Into the Mendacity of Hype

(1890) Comments | Posted March 26, 2008 | 1:21 PM

The past week marked the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War and the milestone of the 4,000th American soldier killed in that disastrous adventure. Commemorating and underscoring the urgent need for a new policy direction, Senator Clinton delivered a serious and detailed address clearly setting out her vision for and...

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Obama's Shallow Credentials on National Security Are Dangerous for the Country

(698) Comments | Posted March 20, 2008 | 1:51 PM


The Clinton campaign ad featuring a 3 a.m. telephone call as a metaphor for experienced leadership in foreign policy has generated considerable comment, but much of the reaction is from people who have never been involved in foreign policy and certainly never had to field such a call...

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Obama's Hollow "Judgment" and Empty Record

(2116) Comments | Posted March 2, 2008 | 1:59 PM

Barack Obama argues that he deserves the Democratic nomination and Hillary Clinton doesn't because he possesses superior "judgment," as he calls it, on the key issues we face as a nation. As definitive proof he offers one speech he made in 2002 during a reelection campaign for an Illinois senate...

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Battle-Tested

(1309) Comments | Posted February 12, 2008 | 11:45 PM

With the emergence of Sen. John McCain as the presumptive Republican nominee, the choice for the Democrats in the 2008 presidential election now shifts to who is best positioned to beat him, in what promises to be a more hard-fought campaign -- and perhaps a nastier one -- than Democrats...

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The Real Hillary I Know -- and the Unreal Obama

(711) Comments | Posted December 21, 2007 | 12:05 PM

Yesterday the London Times reported central questions about Senator Obama's shocking dearth of international experience: "Fresh doubts over Barack Obama's foreign policy credentials were expressed on both sides of the Atlantic last night, after it emerged that he had made only one brief official visit to London - and...

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Ohio Special Election: Honest Leadership Matters

(7) Comments | Posted December 7, 2007 | 9:43 AM

Honest leadership matters. As you may know, there is a special election in Ohio on December 11th to decide who will represent a large portion of this key swing state in Congress. We have the opportunity to make sure that an honest and respectable community leader, Robin Weirauch, holds this...

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A Reality Check on Iran Policy and U.S. Campaign Politics

(259) Comments | Posted November 4, 2007 | 8:44 PM

On November 1, 30 Democratic senators, led by Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, delivered a strong letter to President Bush in response to his increasingly bellicose language on Iran. The letter informs the president that he does not have the authority to take military action against Iran without prior, specific...

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People for the American Way Address

(52) Comments | Posted October 11, 2006 | 4:35 PM

I delivered the following remarks last night at the People for the American Way's Spirit of Liberty Awards.

I stand before you this evening as a proud American. Proud to have served my country for twenty- three years as a diplomat, including such glamorous postings as Niamey, Niger and...

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