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July 18, 2004

Eating Cake, Er, Crow

The travails of YellowCake Joe.

But Wilson does know; he went there, he talked to officials, and he lied about America's national security in order to be the anti-Bush crowd's Playmate of the Month. Either he's profoundly wicked or he's as deranged as that woman on the Paris Metro last week who falsely claimed to have been the victim of an anti-Semitic attack. The Paris crazy was unmasked within a few days, but the Niger crazy was lionized for a full year.

Posted by Bigwig at July 18, 2004 12:02 PM | TrackBack
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Shhhhhhh.... Bush lied, people died. Stick to the script, dammit.

Posted by: Blackavar at July 19, 2004 07:11 AM

The Washington Post retracts:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45430-2004Jul12.html

A July 10 story on a new Senate report on intelligence failures said that former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV told his contacts at the CIA that Iraq had tried to buy 400 tons of uranium from the African nation of Niger in 1998. In fact, it was Iran that was interested in making that purchase, but no contract was signed, according to the report.

See Wilson's open letter to the Senate intelligence committee demanding a retraction for the way his testimony was distorted for the public record. Available on Salon

http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2004/07/16/wilson_letter/index_np.html

and with all the Senate report page numbers you might need.

Posted by: Michael Turner at July 20, 2004 07:24 AM

Gosh, That's a fairly elderly link. I have a fresher one.

The Washington Post ombudsman, on the "retraction"

There was one mistake in the Schmidt story, which was not central to the main points and which The Post corrected on Tuesday (more on that later). If I were the editor of this story, there are one or two places where it might have been better to use the exact words from the Senate report, or to have another sentence of background. And there was one paragraph of speculation about the possible impact of the report on the administration's case in the investigation that, in my view and the view of critics, should have been left out.
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The error in the story occurred when Schmidt mistakenly wrote that Wilson had reported that Iraq had tried to buy 400 tons of uranium from Niger in 1998. The Senate report had said it was Iran. The Post correction, however, did not make it clear that the Senate report said it was Iran, which meant there were several different ways one could read the correction.

Posted by: Bigwig at July 20, 2004 09:33 AM
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