Is none other than her husband, Joseph Wilson. While the Left continues to pound the theory that Karl Rove “intentionally outed an undercover operative” as revenge on Wilson’s opposition to the Iraq war, the real story is that Wilson initiated the involvement of his wife in the story.
A story from exactly one year ago showed that a Senate Intelligence Committee panel investigating the story found that Valerie Plame had written a memo recommending Wilson for the trip to Niger, explaining that her husband “has good relations with both the PM [prime minister] and the former Minister of Mines (not to mention lots of French contacts), both of whom could possibly shed light on this sort of activity.”
An article in Newsweek, due out next week, reveals this little tidbit:
The controversy arose when Wilson wrote an op-ed column in The New York Times saying that he had been sent by the CIA in February 2002 to investigate charges that Iraq was trying to buy uranium from the African country of Niger.
Joe Wilson went public first with the fact that the CIA had sent him. Combine that with the Senate investigation that found that his wife, Valerie Plame was the person at the CIA recommending his trip, and you have the source of the leak as to her employment at the CIA - Wilson himself.
Although he didn’t mention her by name in his op-ed, he was playing the odds that his story couldn’t be refuted without mentioning her and thus figured his bogus claims would go unchallenged. What he didn’t count on was that anyone responding to his bogus claims by raising her name and mentioning the memo she authored, wouldn’t be “knowingly identifying an undercover CIA officer” but rather identifying a source of a memo that contradicted his bogus claims… which is not illegal.
This wasn’t about outing an agent for revenge, this was simply about refuting bogus claims by a partisan hack. Wilson brought the CIA into the story, and with the law of unintended consequences, brought his wife in as well since she was the source for the recommendation of his Niger trip.
Wilson asserted that his wife was not involved in the decision to send him to Niger. But in addition to finding the memo where she specifically recommended him, the Senate Committee also found that Wilson had made an earlier trip to Niger in 1999 for the CIA, also at his wife’s suggestion.
I suspect the tinfoil-hat crowd will keep clinging to this story like MIchael Moore to the last Krispy Kreme in the box.