The Plame Affair

February 21, 2002-March 4, 2002
Former Ambassador Visits Niger to Investigate Allegations that Iraq Attempted to Purchase Uranium 

March 2002

Wilson tells the CIA he doubts Iraq tried to purchase Uranium from Niger.

March 8, 2002
CIA Alerts White House, Other Agencies that Wilson Found No Evidence of Iraq Uranium Purchase

Uranium from Africa: The Wilson “workup” and the March 8, 2003 DIA memo by eriposte. The Left Coaster.

March 9, 2002
The agency sends a memo to the White House summarizing Wilson’s findings.

September 6, 2002
Landay, Jonathan, “Lack of Hard Evidence of Iraqi Weapons Worries Top U.S. Officials,” Knight Ridder,

October 1, 2002
US Intelligence Completes National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iraq

Early January, 2003

Italian Intelligence Chief Tells CIA that Niger Documents Are Fake

Mid-January 2003: White House Speechwriters Include Uranium Allegation in Draft of President’s State of the Union Address

January 26 or 27, 2003

National Security Council Official Puts Pressure on CIA Official to Include Africa-Uranium Allegation in Powell’s UN Speech

January 27, 2003
CIA Director Apparently Fails to Veto State of Union Address, Allows Uranium Claim to Be Included

January 28, 2003

State of the Union Address by President George Bush.
00:57:24 – Speaks of British intelligence confirming that Iraq had purchased Uranium from Africa.

February 5, 2003
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks to the United Nations

March 7, 2003
Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei reported to UN Security Council: documents stating that Iraq bought Uranium from Niger were forged.

March 8, 2003
Interview With Joseph Wilson

March 9, 2003 and After
White House Begins Campaign to Smear, Discredit Wilson

March 14, 2003
Ranking Senate Intelligence Committee Member Asks for FBI Investigation of Forged Iraq-Niger Documents

March 23, 2003
CIA Analysts Confirm Pressure from Administration to Conform Reports to Bush Policies

April 5, 2003

US Intel Report: Iraq Probably Did Not Try to Obtain Uranium from Niger

Early May 2003
Wilson Allows Times Columnist to Write about Trip to Niger

May 06, 2003
Missing In Action: Truth

Early June 2003
Vice President’s Office Pins Blame for WMD Claims on CIA

June 3, 2003

Libby Discusses Wilson Controversy with Cheney

June 5, 2003
Some Iraq Analysts Felt Pressure From Cheney Visits
by Walter Pincus and Dana Priest
Cheney and Libby pressured CIA to support WMD in Iraq.

June 10, 2003
A State Department memorandum, dated June 10, refers to Valerie Wilson as Mr. Wilson’s wife. The memorandum explains how Mr. Wilson came to be dispatched on the mission to Niger and his wife’s role.

Ari Fleischer is questioned as to whether he read the memo. on board the Air Force One (July 7, 2003), while in route to Africa. Did he leak this information to Novak?

June 11, 2003
CIA Official tells Libby of Joseph Wilson’s wife’s CIA status

February 6, 2007
Pincus Lit the Fuse on the Plamegate by L.C. Johnson.

Post Source Reveals Identity to Leak Probers by Susan Schmidt.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 16, 2004

June 12, 2003
Washington Post Article Uses White House Claims that CIA Did Not Inform Bush Officials of Iraq-Niger Doubts

June 12, 2003
There is a conversation between Mr. Libby and Mr. Cheney concerning Plame. This information didn’t become public until the following articles were published:

‘October 7, 2005: New York Times Reporter’s Notes Show that Meeting with Libby Took Place Much Earlier than Previously Revealed’. History Commons.

October 24, 2005
Cheney Told Aide of C.I.A. Officer, Notes Show
New York Times.

June 23, 2003
Scooter Libby revealed to Judith Miller (Journalist) that the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson may have worked for the CIA. This information didn’t become public until the following article was published:

Reporter Says Libby Told Her About CIA Operative by Howard Kurtz.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, October 16, 2005

July 06, 2003
What I Didn’t Find in Africa by Joseph C. Wilson 4th.

July 11, 2003: President Bush Blames CIA Director Tenet for Niger Forgery Mention in State of the Union Speech

July 11, 2003
Rove tells reporter Matthew Cooper about Plame.

July 12, 2003
Cheney tells Libby to use Classified information to discredit Wilson

July 13, 2003
Matthew Cooper’s A Question of Trust is posted on Time magazine’s website. The article is about President Bush’s 2003 State of the Union speech includes named sources as Vice President Cheney’s assistant Scooter Libby, Joseph Wilson, Valerie Plame’s superior Alan Foley, and former State Department proliferation expert Greg Thielmann.
Unable to view this article for free.

July 14, 2003
Mission to Niger by Robert Novak

July 16, 2003
More on the statement made in the State of the Union address: Who Can We Blame? Who Should We Blame? by John J. Malone

July 17, 2003
A War on Wilson? by Matthew Cooper, Massimo Calabresi and John F. Dickerson,8599,465270,00.html

July 18, 2003
President Bush declassified some of the information in the Classified National Intelligence Estimate.
NBC Nightly News video on April 8, 2006:

July 18, 2005
Reporter: Rove Told Him of Plame’s CIA Tie by Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer

July 18, 2003
Press Release by McClellan declassification of October 2002 NIE

May 29, 2008 (updated)
By Mike Celizic
TODAY contributor
Video: Scott McClellan, a former press secretary to President Bush, talks to TODAY’s Meredith Vieira about his new memoir, which slams the White House he once served

CIA Leak Fast Facts by CNN Library
updated 2:24 PM EDT, Wed October 30, 2013

September 29, 2003 – Karl Rove denies any knowledge of the leaked name when asked by an ABC reporter.

September 2003 – The Justice Department launches a full criminal investigation into the leak, an aggravated felony punishable by up to ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

September 30, 2003 – President Bush says, “If there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is. And if the person has violated the law, the person will be taken care of.”

October 01, 2003
The CIA leak by Robert Novak.

June 25, 2004
Bush Interviewed About CIA Leak
President Not Under Oath in Discussing Release of Covert Officer’s Name
By Susan Schmidt
Washington Post Staff Writer

September 16, 2004
Post Source Reveals Identity to Leak Probers
By Susan Schmidt
Washington Post Staff Writer

July 11, 2005
Rove Told Reporter of Plame’s Role But Didn’t Name Her, Attorney Says
By Josh White
Washington Post Staff Writer

July 18, 2005
Reporter: Rove Told Him of Plame’s CIA Tie
By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer

July 18, 2005
Top Aides Reportedly Set Sights on Wilson
Rove and Cheney chief of staff were intent on discrediting CIA agent’s husband, prosecutors have been told.
Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten | Times Staff Writers

July 18, 2005
Reporter Says He First Learned of C.I.A. Operative From Rove

July 22, 2005
For Two Aides In Leak Case, 2nd Issue Rises
This article was reported by David Johnston, Douglas Jehl and Richard W. Stevenson and was written by Mr. Johnston.; Anne E. Kornblut contributed reporting for this article. The New York Times.

October 3, 2005
“Suspicion centers on Lewis Libby,”
Dick Cheney’s chief of staff helped hype the Iraq threat and discredit Joe Wilson. But while the White House has denied Karl Rove is the leaker, so far it’s left Libby twisting slowly in the wind.

October 16, 2005
A Personal Account
My Four Hours Testifying in the Federal Grand Jury Room
By JUDITH MILLER. New York Times

October 20, 2005
Rove Told Jury Libby May Have Been His Source In Leak Case
By Jim VandeHei and Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post Staff Writers

October 25, 2005
Cheney Told Aide of C.I.A. Officer, Notes Show.
New York Times.
Correction Appended

October 25, 2005
Report links Cheney to CIA leak investigation

October 27, 2005
Grand Jury Hears Summary of Case On CIA Leak Probe
By Carol D. Leonnig and Jim VandeHei
Washington Post Staff Writers

November 9, 2005
The Niger Uranium Deception and the “Plame Affair”

April 8, 2006
White House under fire for planned leak

August 30, 2006
Source of C.I.A. Leak Said to Admit Role

September 1, 2006
End of an Affair. Washington Post

January 16, 2007
Scooter Libby’s trial begins.

March 6, 2007
Libby is found guilty of four of five counts in his perjury and obstruction of justice trial.

June 5, 2007
Libby is sentenced to 30 months in prison for lying to investigators about what he told reporters about CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson, two years of probation after his prison sentence, fined $250,000 and $400 dollars in court costs.

July 2, 2007
President Bush commutes Libby’s 30-month prison sentence but leaves in place the $250,000 fine and 2 years of probation.

July 13, 2007
Commuting Libby’s Sentence ‘Fair,’ Bush Says
By Michael Abramowitz
Washington Post Staff Writer

Overview/Timeline of Events

CIA Leak Fast Facts
By CNN Library
updated Wed October 30, 2013

Key Players in the Plame Affair
Compiled by Tanya N. Ballard and Kevin Dumouchelle Staff Writers
Thursday, October 20, 2005; 5:02 PM

23 Administration Officials Involved In Plame Leak

Timeline: the Valerie Plame affair
Key events in the investigation into the leak of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame’s name to the media
Associated Press, Friday 28 October 2005 13.14 EDT

Valerie Plame Wilson Timeline
By Kathy Gill. Updated June 11, 2007 first published 24 October 2005

How The Tale Unfolds
By David Bjerklie Sunday, July 17, 2005,8599,1083895,00.html


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