The Wilson/Plame affair gets even stranger


In the infamous Vanity Fair article on Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame (the one with a photo spread of them in their Jaguar convertible), an article obviously sourced by them, Alan Foley is described as Plame's boss:

Cheney and his chief of staff, Lewis Libby, visited the C.I.A. several times at Langley and told the staff to make more of an effort to find evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and to uncover Iraqi attempts to acquire nuclear capabilities. One of the people who objected most fervently to what he saw as "intimidation," according to one former C.I.A. case officer, was Alan Foley, then the head of the Weapons Intelligence, Non—Proliferation and Arms Control Center. He was Valerie Plame's boss. (Foley could not be reached for comment.) 

Ray McGovern, a prominent member of  the misnamed anti—administration group,Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity(VIPS), who was active in the effort to get intelligence officers to leak secret information against the war, claimed to know Foley and suggested early on that upon his resignation in May 2004, Foley might join the VIPS in attacking the Administration.

A few weeks ago, I wrote to Mr. Foley and asked him the following questions:

1. How long have you known Ray McGovern?

2. Did you approve sending Wilson to Niger?

3. Were you the person who determined he needn't sign a non—disclosure statement? Were you the person who determined he needn't file a written report?

4. When did you inform Pavitt and/or Tenet and/or any other person above you in the agency hierarchy about the Mission?

5. Did you play any role in the preparation of the referral letter?

6. If so, did you state therein that Plame was a NOC? That the agency had done everything possible to protect her identity from disclosure?

7. Were you ever questioned by DoJ investigators (including FBI and CIA agents acting on their behalf) about the Mission? When?

8. Did you ever discuss the Mission to Niger with Ray McGovern? If so, when and what did you discuss?

On the 29th of May he responded:

I didn't know that Valerie Plame or Joseph Wilson existed until after the Novak article.  I have never met nor communicated with either of them.  Nor did I have any responsibility or authority relating to them, the reported trip to Niger, or the subsequent leak investigation.  As for Ray McGovern, I don't believe that I have either seen or talked to him since before his retirement from the Agency.  That was many years ago; probably sometime in the late 1990's.  Please do not contact me again. 

Why did Wilson indicate to Vanity Fair that Foley was his wife's boss when he apparently wasn't? Why did McGovern suggest that Foley was going to become a more forceful critic of the Administration and the war after his retirement when he barely knew him and had had no recent contact with him at the time he made that suggestion?

Finally, if Foley was the head of WINPAC and he had no responsibility or authority for her, where did Judith Miller get this bit of information which she seems to suggest she got from Libby at their July 8 meeting?

At that breakfast meeting, our conversation also turned to Mr. Wilson's wife. My notes contain a phrase inside parentheses: "Wife works at Winpac." Mr. Fitzgerald asked what that meant. Winpac stood for Weapons Intelligence, Non—Proliferation, and Arms Control, the name of a unit within the C.I.A. that, among other things, analyzes the spread of unconventional weapons.

I said I couldn't be certain whether I had known Ms. Plame's identity before this meeting, and I had no clear memory of the context of our conversation that resulted in this notation. But I told the grand jury that I believed that this was the first time I had heard that Mr. Wilson's wife worked for Winpac. In fact, I told the grand jury that when Mr. Libby indicated that Ms. Plame worked for Winpac, I assumed that she worked as an analyst, not as an undercover operative

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