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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Wilson, at NU, asks newspaper to probe reporter's role in leak - The Boston Globe

By Paysha Stockton, Globe Correspondent | November 22, 2005

Joseph C. Wilson IV, husband of Valerie Plame Wilson, called on The Washington Post last night to investigate the conduct of Bob Woodward, the investigative reporter, in the leaking of Plame Wilson's name to the news media.

Woodward admitted last week that a Bush administration official had disclosed Plame Wilson's identity to him more than two years ago. He did not alert his editors or officials investigating the leak to columnist Robert Novak, as well as to Judith Miller, a reporter for The New York Times who left after the turmoil.

''I think it would be useful for The Washington Post to do an inquiry, like The New York Times," Wilson said at Northeastern University's Blackman Auditorium. He was referring to the investigation that led to Miller's resignation this month.

Wilson, a former ambassador and diplomat, spoke to several hundred Northeastern students before signing copies of his book about the leak of his wife's name.

He did not call strenuously for Woodward to disclose his sources, ''though I certainly would like him to," he said in an interview before the lecture.

I. Lewis ''Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, has been indicted on charges of lying about leaking Plame Wilson's name to Novak. He also faces charges of perjury, obstructing justice, and making false statements, after testifying that he had learned about Plame Wilson's position from Tim Russert, the NBC analyst. Libby, who resigned after his indictment, has pleaded not guilty.

While Woodward has refused to name his source, he testified in front of the special counsel, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, for more than two hours on Nov. 14. There, he admitted that a senior Bush official had disclosed Plame Wilson's identity to him in mid-June of 2003, almost a month before Novak wrote about her.

Wilson said Bush administration officials had disclosed his wife's identity to punish him for an article he wrote for The New York Times, published in July 2003. In the article, he said Iraq had not bought uranium for weapons from Niger.

He and his wife reacted differently to the leak, he said. Initially, he cursed and ranted privately about the disclosure.

''Valerie, on the other hand, said she felt like she had been kicked in the stomach," Wilson said. But she moved quickly to salvage what operations and relationships she could, he said.

Wilson said he hopes the orders to ruin his wife's career did not come from the top.

''I would hope it stops there," he said of Libby's indictment. ''I take no pleasure in this whatsoever. I don't particularly want this to be a constitutional crisis."


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