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Plame Leak timeline

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Before the leak: 1988 - 2002 (Wilson's Trip to Niger)


January 2003

January 12

January 13

January 24

January 25

January 22 or 26 (approx.)

before January 28

January 28

"The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

January 29

February 2003

February 4

February 5

February 28

March 2003

March 6

March 7

March 8

March 9

March 11

March 16

March 19

March 25

April 2003

April 3

May 2003

May 2

Wilson talks off record about Niger

May 6

May 14

May 19

May 29

WH scrambles to address criticism, Niger mission INR report created

June 2003

June 1-7

June 3

June 6

June 7

June 8

June 9

June 10

June 11

June 11 (approx.)

Around June 12

June 12

Plame outed to reporters

June 13

June 14

June 17

June 18 or shortly after

June 19 or 20

June 20

June 23

June 27

July 2003

July 2

July 5

Wilson's op-ed published

July 6

Wilson also appears on Meet the Press, interviewed by Andrea Mitchell, and is quoted on the record about the trip in an article by Richard Leiby and Walter Pincus in the Washington Post.

July 7

Around July 7

On or before July 8

A Reuters reporter is fed a similar story: "A U.S. intelligence official said Wilson was sent to investigate the Niger reports by mid-level CIA officers, not by top-level Bush administration officials. There is no record of his report being flagged to top level officials, the intelligence official said." (Josh Marshall)

July 8

My friend, without revealing that he knew me, asked Novak about the Uranium controversy. It was a minor problem, Novak replied, and opined that the administration should have dealt with it weeks before. My friend then asked Novak what he thought about me, and Novak answered: "Wilson's an asshole. The CIA sent him. His wife, Valerie, works for the CIA. She's a weapons of mass destruction specialist. She sent him." (Politics of Truth)

July 8 or 9

  • In Novak's telling, Rove responds by saying "Oh, you know about it."(Townhall)
  • In Rove's telling, Rove responds by saying "I heard that, too." (WaPo)
  • The conversation is usually dated to July 9. Novak has variously said July 9, or maybe July 8 or 9. A July 8 date, after the Armitage conversation, might explain details of Novak's knowledge in the conversation with Wilson's friend. (Source: emptywheel)

July 9

Around July 7 or July 9 to July 11

July 10

Wilson noted the story co-written in 1990 by Novak and suggested that Novak "check his files" before writing about him. Wilson went on to claim he was "hardly anti-war, just anti-dumb-war." (Wilson, Politics of Truth)

July 10 or 11

July 11

  • Dickerson recalls differently, that Fleischer merely pushed him to investigate the origins of the trip, and did not tell him about Wilson's wife. (Slate)
[...] Cooper wrote that Rove offered him a "big warning" not to "get too far out on Wilson." Rove told Cooper that Wilson's trip had not been authorized by "DCIA"--CIA Director George Tenet--or Vice President Dick Cheney. Rather, "it was, KR said, Wilson's [sic] wife, who apparently works at the agency on WMD (weapons of mass destruction) issues who authorized the trip."
Matt Cooper called to give me a heads-up that he’s got a welfare reform story coming. When he finished his brief heads-up he immediately launched into Niger. Isn’t this damaging? Hasn’t the president been hurt? I didn’t take the bait, but I said if I were him I wouldn’t get Time far out in front on this.

July 12

  • Cheney and Libby may have discussed the possibility of leaking about Wilson's wife. (Bond testimony, Feb. 1, 2007; emptywheel)
  • Anonymous lawyers will say the Vice President told Libby to direct reporters to the statement released the previous day by George Tenet, that Wilson had been sent on the mission by CIA counter-proliferation officers "on their own initiative" (NYT, RawStory).
  • The Vice President instructs Libby to alert reporters of the attack launched that morning on Wilson's credibility by Ari Fleischer (WaPo).
  • The Vice President directs Libby to leak details from a March 2002 intelligence report from the debriefing of Wilson's trip (Murray Waas).
  • Fleischer says about it "No sir. I would have remembered it if it happened." (Fleischer testimony)

July 13

Novak's column published: Plame outed to public

July 14

"Wilson never worked for the CIA, but his wife, Valerie Plame, is an Agency operative on weapons of mass destruction. Two senior administration officials told me Wilson's wife suggested sending him to Niger to investigate the Italian report. The CIA says its counter-proliferation officials selected Wilson and asked his wife to contact him. "I will not answer any question about my wife," Wilson told me."

July 14 or 15

July 16

July 17

An earlier article was released on July 14. The Office of the Vice President complained to Time about omission of the "on the record" component of Libby's remarks, and Time put that into the online version. (Fitzgerald motion, p. 6)

July 18

July 20

July 21

July 22

  • The intelligence official is likely CIA public affairs officer Bill Harlow. (Fitzgerald affidavit, p. 26)
  • Robert Novak is quoted as saying "I didn't dig it out. It was given to me. They thought it was significant. They gave me the name, and I used it."

July 24

July 25 or 28

July 30

Investigation begins

Plame investigation 2004

Plame investigation 2005

Plame investigation 2006

Plame investigation 2007

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