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For Political Revenge, Bush White House Blew CIA Covert Agent’s Cover

Printable CIA Leak Talking Points


“George Bush… can’t find Osama bin Laden, he can’t even find the leaker in his own White House.”

 Presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee John Kerry

Remarks at the Iowa Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, November 15, 2003 


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In 2002, both the CIA and Bush’s own Ambassador to Niger, Joseph C. Wilson, definitively debunked the Administration’s myth that Iraq had attempted to purchase yellowcake uranium from Niger. Wilson was the last top U.S. diplomat in Iraq at the time of the Gulf War, a former Ambassador to Gabon, head of African Affairs under President Clinton, and a career foreign service officer. His intimate knowledge of Iraq and Africa provided the requisite expertise for this CIA investigation.


Almost a year after the CIA and Bush’s Ambassador to Niger reported that a sale from Niger to Iraq was “highly doubtful,” George W. Bush perpetuated the falsehood to the American people to convince Americans he had justification to go to war with Iraq.


In his 2003 State of the Union Address, Bush stated the following 16 words he knew or should have known were false. It is a president’s job to know fact from fiction -- or at least surround himself with experts who do.


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

- George W. Bush


Courageously, Joseph C. Wilson -- the man who conducted the CIA investigation -- publicly exposed the Administration’s betrayal of truth to the American people. News accounts have since reported the Bush Administration relied on forged documents as the basis for its claim.


To exact political revenge, the Bush White House apparently deliberately revealed the identity of Wilson’s wife, a career CIA operative who is an intelligence agent on weapons of mass destruction. Under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982, it is a felony to intentionally disclose the identity of covert agents.


The Bush Administration’s political revenge jeopardizes Valerie Plame’s life and the lives of every CIA operative associated with her over the course of her career. By committing this felony offense, the Bush White House also exposed the front company, Brewster Jennings, Plame was using. In exposing Brewster Jennings, the Bush Administration blew the cover of other agents and destroyed critical national security networks these agents established throughout many years.


Of course, the White House leak ended Ms. Plame’s career. Ms. Plame, a covert agent, was one of America’s most important CIA operatives gathering intelligence on weapons of mass destruction. This malicious White House leak wasted Americans’ tax dollars invested in Ms. Plame’s expertise and network.


It wasn’t foreign enemies who deliberately harmed America’s intelligence community - it was the Bush White House. The Bush Administration exacted political revenge against former Ambassador Wilson solely because he had the courage to tell the truth to the American public. The Bush White House behavior in the CIA leak scandal is outrageous and unacceptable. Americans deserve a President whose administration emanates basic American values of civility and decency and which is respectful and faithful to those who protect our nation’s security.


"I have no idea whether we'll find out who the leaker is."

George W. Bush

“Bush Doesn't Know Whether Leaker Will be Caught” Boston Globe, October 7, 2003


``I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the names of our sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious of traitors.''                                                                                                                                                       President George H.W. Bush

At the Dedication Ceremony for the George Bush Center for Intelligence

April 26, 1999


Former Republican Majority Leader, Dick Armey:
Bush White House CIA Leak Scandal: ‘A Cowardly Act of Revenge’
Former Republican Majority Leader, Dick Armey:
Bush White House CIA Leak Scandal: ‘A Cowardly Act of Revenge’

“Somebody in the White House … decided they needed to get even with Ambassador Wilson, leaked something on the ambassador's wife, caused all kinds of -- an uproar around here that's got the White House in bad trouble. Now, there was no reason to tell the world about the ambassador's wife. It was just a shortsighted, self-centered, simple-minded cowardly act of revengeThe Bush White House…thought they were getting even.”

Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX)

[CNN Late Edition, 10/19/03]

"Under this Administration, the Credibility Gap is growing every day. We need change and new leadership that Americans can believe in again. And that's what we will bring."

U.S. Senator John Kerry

Presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee

Press Release March 16, 2004

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