posted on Aug, 1 2003 @ 10:27 AM
White House striking back?
WASHINGTON, July 21 They were just 16 words in the State of the Union address words that we now know were misleading. And this man, retired
career diplomat Joe Wilson tried to warn the administration of just that nearly a year before the speech.
NOW IN AN NBC News exclusive, Wilson says his family is the subject of a smear campaign. Wilson tells NBC News the White House deliberately leaked his
wifes identity as a covert CIA operative, damaging her future career and compromising past missions after he criticized the administration on Meet
the Press and in the New York Times.
He told me, Its a shot across the bow to those who might step forward, those unnamed analysts who said they were pressured by the White House for
example would think twice about having their own families names being dragged through this particular mud.
The White House strongly denies the charge. In fact, Wilson was only one of three experts who warned the administration a year before the State of the
Union that the Niger information didnt check out.
As previously reported on NBC News, then-Ambassador to Niger Barbro Owens-Fitzpatrick reported it was false in February 2002. So did four-star Marine
Gen. Carlton Fulford two months later. So the warnings came to the White House more than a year before the State of the Union.
CAn this pathetic administration sink any lower? And what does it say of those who follow them blindly?