Crackpot Jackpot? Joe Wilson & Ray McGovern's EPIC Ties

A month before Joe Wilson wrote his historically inaccurate editorial in the New York Times, he was chumming with Anti-Bush conspirator Ray McGovern at the The Education for Peace in Iraq Center’s (EPIC) 2003 Iraq Forum on June 14, 2003, where both men gave speeches on Iraq’s attempts to acquire uranium from Niger.

Clarice Feldman at American Thinker has more thoughts on the real leaker of Valerie Plame:

Though the investigation into who “outed” Plame was premised on the notion that (a) her identity was not publicly known before Robert Novak’s article in July 2003 and (b) the disclosure came from the Administration—particularly persons in the White House to somehow “punish” Wilson, there is increasing evidence that Wilson himself widely divulged that information to burnish his own credentials as an expert.

The Education for Peace in Iraq Center
The Iraq Forum held on June 14, 2003

More from Clarice:

I reported long ago that at the June 14, 2003 EPIC conference (where he listed his wife as Valerie Plame in the program) Wilson revealed he was the Ambassador who was the source for the May 2003 Nicholas Kristof piece and the June 2003 Walter Pincus piece, in which he falsely accused the Administration of jiggering evidence and disclosed his wife’s name. There’s ample reason to believe he flourished more than just her name, but as well her connection to the agency in greater detail regularly, which makes the entire investigation into who publicly disclosed her identity particularly ridiculous.

Ray McGovern, who was the other featured speaker at the EPIC conference and a leading member of the VIPs—one who openly called on CIA employees to leak – is a named source. A second source is described only as a “former state department official with ties to the CIA.” I strongly suspect “former state department official” is none other than Ambassador Wilson himself, referring to his wife’s employment to strengthen his credentials.


Ray McGovern and Joe Wilson at the 2003 Iraq Forum on June 14, 2003, a month before Wilson’s infamous and inaccurate editorial at the New York Times.

It is therefore evident that beginning in May of 2003 -with his interview with Nicholas Kristof-Wilson was pushing his story and many reporters knew who he was before he wrote his July 6, 2003 op ed in the New York Times. It is also apparent that beginning about the same time he told reporters of his connection to the CIA, that is, that his wife worked there on WMD matters.

Here is what was reported earlier on Joe Wilson’s talk at the 2003 Iraq Forum:

ONE MONTH BEFORE ROBERT NOVAK WROTE HIS COLUMN, AMBASSADOR JOSEPH WILSON LAID OUT HIS AGENDA AGAINST THE US ADMINISTRATION AND ISRAEL AT THE LEFTIST 2003 IRAQ FORUM CONFERENCE,
AUDIO HERE (40:38 in duration)

In this speech, Ambassador Joseph Wilson:

* describes himself as the investigator sent to Niger by the government
* details the African trip as only a person who took the trip is capable of
* says the government sent him there and not the CIA (a lie)
* says there was nothing to the uranium story (a lie)
* describes the US as “occupiers” of Iraq (a shocking statement at the time)
* describes a conspiracy to help Israel dominate the Palestinians
* calls the Administration warmongers and a–holes

Ray McGovern was also invited to talk during the evening keynote event. Here is what Ray said about the Iraq-uranium connection (10:10):

So, what else did we have? Well, there was that stuff about Iraq trying to get some of that uranium from Niger. Yeah, but George Tenet’s folk discounted that. They said that was a forgery. Yeah, but who knows its a forgery. Well nobody…

It would be interesting to know how Ray McGovern got his flawed information on Niger and how much he and Ambassador Wilson shared about this central topic during the forum weekend.

The Strata-Sphere has more on the Niger forgeries.

Here is a previous post from the weekend about the five witnesses lined up to testify that Joe Wilson is the leaker:
5 Libby Witnesses Lined Up to Testify that Joe Wilson Is Leaker

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