Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Water Getting Hotter Around Cheney

According to today's New York Times, notes from a conversation between Big Time Cheney and Scooter Libby contradict the testimony that has already been given by the VP Chief of Staff. It seems Cheney himself may have been a bit more involved and he may have received information about Plame from CIA Head George Tenant. Cheney's own words and tesitmony don't seem to add up when patched together into a timeline. Here is Cheney from 'Meet the Press' on September 14, 2003

MR. RUSSERT: Now, Ambassador Joe Wilson, a year before that, was sent over by the CIA because you raised the question about uranium from Africa. He says he came back from Niger and said that, in fact, he could not find any documentation that, in fact, Niger had sent uranium to Iraq or engaged in that activity and reported it back to the proper channels. Were you briefed on his findings in February, March of 2002?
VICE PRES. CHENEY: No. I don’t know Joe Wilson. I’ve never met Joe Wilson. A question had arisen. I’d heard a report that the Iraqis had been trying to acquire uranium in Africa, Niger in particular. I get a daily brief on my own each day before I meet with the president to go through the intel. And I ask lots of question. One of the questions I asked at that particular time about this, I said, “What do we know about this?” They take the question. He came back within a day or two and said, “This is all we know. There’s a lot we don’t know,” end of statement. And Joe Wilson—I don’t who sent Joe Wilson. He never submitted a report that I ever saw when he came back.
I guess the intriguing thing, Tim, on the whole thing, this question of whether or not the Iraqis were trying to acquire uranium in Africa. In the British report, this week, the Committee of the British Parliament, which just spent 90 days investigating all of this, revalidated their British claim that Saddam was, in fact, trying to acquire uranium in Africa. What was in the State of the Union speech and what was in the original British White papers. So there may be difference of opinion there. I don’t know what the truth is on the ground with respect to that, but I guess—like I say, I don’t know Mr. Wilson. I probably shouldn’t judge him. I have no idea who hired him and it never came...
VICE PRES. CHENEY: Who in the CIA, I don’t know.
According to notes from Libby this would have been three and a half months after Cheney received a detailed briefing on just what had happened from George Tenet at the CIA. Something doesn't add up Mr. Vice President.
Get the latest at the New York Times or read a good summary and interpretation from Talking Points Memo.


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