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Fact-Checking Valerie Plame Wilson, Pt. 3

In March, Mrs. Wilson testified that the CIA reports officer who she says suggested Joseph Wilson’s name for the Niger trip had told her that the Senate Intelligence Committee had “distorted” his version of events. “He came to me almost with tears in his eyes,” she testified.  “He said his words have been twisted and distorted.”  She testified that the reports officer wrote a memo to correct the record — it is not clear to whom the memo was given — but that the CIA would not let him speak to committee investigators a second time.

Sen. Bond addresses that issue, too:

Committee staff had the opportunity to review the reports officer’s “memorandum” (actually a letter addressed to Mrs. Wilson but apparently never sent) which says only that the reports officer’s remarks about Ambassador Wilson’s trip were “truncated” in the committee’s report.  He cited two specific issues that the committee did not include: his comments that he believed Mrs. Wilson had acted appropriately and that the reports officer “pushed for the trip” himself. The reports officer’s letter does not say that the committee twisted or distorted his words, does not contradict the committee’s finding that Mrs. Wilson is the one who suggested her husband, does not retract his comments to the committee that she “offered up” her husband’s name, and does not state that he would like to be re-interviewed by the committee.  Based on information and documents made available to the committee, we have no reason to believe that the reports officer sought to be re-interviewed, or that the CIA prevented him from being re-interviewed.