Urbin Report

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

The top ten list

By way of the Bookworm Room, comes Anna's posting of Joe Wilson's Top Ten Lies.

1.) Wilson Insisted That The Vice President’s Office Sent Him To Niger: (Nope. It was the CIA)

2.) Wilson Claimed The Vice President And Other Senior White House Officials Were Briefed On His Niger Report: (Nope. CIA didn't brief either Cheney or Bush.)

3.) Wilson Has Claimed His Niger Report Was Conclusive And Significant: (Nope. CIA said that the information was not conclusive.)

4.) Wilson Denied His Wife Suggested He Travel To Niger In 2002: (Nope. He said it was CIA, but testimony and documentation show it was his wife.)

5.) Wilson Has Claimed His 1999 Trip To Niger Was Not Suggested By His Wife: (Nope. She did recommend him to the CIA due to the previous trip she had recommended him to take on their behalf.)

6.) Wilson Claimed He Was A Victim Of A Partisan Smear Campaign: Nope. (It wasn't the RNC as he claimed but a Senate select committee of 8 Dems and 9 Reps that stated "Lent more credibility to the original CIA reports...")

7.) A Month Before The Bob Novak And Matthew Cooper Articles Ever Came Out, Wilson Told The Washington Post That Previous Intelligence Reports About Niger Were Based On Forged Documents: (Nope. He claimed to WaPo that the names and dates were wrong, but the Senate committee was told by Wilson that he had "misspoken" to the press.)

8.) Wilson Claimed His Book Would Enrich Debate: (Nope. Wilson claimed to committee staff that he used "literary flair".)

9.) Wilson Claimed The CIA Provided Him With Information Related To The Iraq-Niger Uranium Transaction: (Nope. The Director of Operations at the CIA told committee staff that they had not provided any information to Wilson.)

10.) Wilson Claimed He Is A Non-Partisan “Centrist”: (Ha!! Nope. Wilson is a registered Democrat, donated $2,000 to Kerry ('03), $1,000 to Hillary ('02), and $3,000 to Gore ('99). NYT quote from Wilson in a story on Wilson/Plame "It Will Be A Cold Day In Hell Before I Vote For A Republican, Even For Dog Catcher.")