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Before the leak: 1988 - 2002

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"The chief American diplomat, Joe Wilson, shepherds his flock of some 800 known Americans like a village priest. At 4:30 Sunday morning, he was helping 55 wives and children of U.S. diplomats from Kuwait load themselves and their few remaining possessions on transport for the long haul on the desert to Jordan. He shows the stuff of heroism."




Unknown 1999

February 1999

April 1999

April 26

"[W]e need more protection for the methods we use to gather intelligence and more protection for our sources, particularly our human sources, people that are risking their lives for their country. Even though I'm a tranquil guy now at this stage of my life, I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the name of our sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious, of traitors."[8]


The source, however, remains on SISMI's payroll providing the agency with a way to distribute information to the public while concealing its role. Most of the documents he will receive from the lady will be related to immigration into Italy and Islamist activities in North and Central Africa.


January 2001

January 2

June or July 2001

Late 2001

Martino receives a telephone call sometime in late 2001 from a former colleague at SISMI, who informs him that his source at the Nigerien embassy is in possession of documents that might be of interest to him. “I met her and she gave me documents,” Martino later tells the Sunday Times. “SISMI wanted me to pass on the documents but they didn't want anyone to know they had been involved.”
These documents consisting of a series of letters purported to have been exchanged between the Niger government and an Iraqi diplomat to Martino. According to these letters, Iraq had attempted to obtain 500 tons of uranium oxide, or “yellowcake,” from Niger.

October 2001

October 15

October 18

Late October


January 2002

February 2002

February 5

February 12

February 13

February 14

February 18

February 19

This meeting in a windowless conference room opens with a mention of Mr. Cheney's inquiry about the African connection to Iraq. During the course of that meeting, officials raised the possibility of his traveling to Niger and told him they would contact him with a decision.

February 20

February 24 (approx.)

Wilson trip

February 26

March 2002

March 1

Early March

March 5

March 8

March 24

March 25

Unknown March or after

September 2002

September 9

September 24

October 2002

October 1

October 5

October 6

October 7 or before

October 7

October 9 or 10

October 11

December 2002

December 19

December 24


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This page was last modified 02:07, 15 August 2007 by dKosopedia user Garrett. Based on work by Chad Lupkes and dKosopedia user(s) Lestatdelc, Seesdifferent and Lawnorder. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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