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Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Joe Wilson did not out Valerie Plame
All of a sudden, the righties are mighty fascinated by the Valerie Plame story (Safire, NRO, Tom Maguire, etc). Turns out Joe Wilson may be a charlatan and a self-promoter. (Apparently the only one in Washington.) There may be more truth to the Iraq-Niger connection than he suggested (there might not be, either--there's no proof either way), and there may be less truth to some of the other things he said. Okay, fair enough.
Someone in the White House outed his undercover wife, Valerie Plame, though, and as far as I can tell, this remains a felony. Once again, the righties are missing the real story. No matter what Wilson's character may be, he didn't leak his wife's status to Bob Novak. Someone in the White House did, and that's the real crime.