Now, Joe Wilson Threatens to Sue Paul Vallely
Update: (Monday 4:00 PM CST) Keep an eye on Sean Hannity’s site as he is going to post the strange email General Paul Vallely received from Joe Wilson’s attorney!
General Vallely says he will not take back his claim that Joe Wilson told him that his wife worked at the CIA.
Last week Ambassador Joe Wilson said he was in discussions with his lawyer over whether or not to sue Karl Rove and Scooter Libby over the outing of his wife.
Yesterday, World Net Daily reported that Joe Wilson was threatening suit again. This time against General Paul Vallely who said that Joe Wilson outed his own wife in discussions with Joe Wilson back in 2002.
Ambassador Joseph Wilson’s attorney is demanding Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely retract a statement he made to WND that the man at the center of the CIA leak case “outed” his own wife as a CIA employee in conversations more than a year before her identity was revealed in a syndicated column.
A demand letter was sent by Christopher Wolf, partner at Proskauer Rose LLP and counsel for Wilson, to both Vallely and WND tonight.
It disputes Vallely’s claim that Wilson mentioned Valerie Plame’s status with the CIA in conversations in 2002 in the Fox News Channel’s “green room” in Washington as they waited to appear as analysts.
“As you know, that assertion and the claim that Ambassador Wilson revealed to you or to anyone that his wife worked for the CIA is patently false, and subjects you and anyone publishing your statements to legal liability,” states the letter.
It continues: “We are writing to demand that you immediately retract the assertion attributed to you and to insist that you stop making the false allegation. In addition, we request that you identify all persons or entitites (sic) to whom you made any claim that Ambassador Wilson revealed his wife’s employment at the CIA to you.”
“This is slanderous,” Wilson wrote. “I never appeared on tv before at least July 2002 and only saw him maybe twice in the green room at FOX. Vallely is a retired general and this is a bald faced lie. Can we sue? This is not he said/he said, since I never laid eyes on him till several months after he alleges I spoke to him about my wife.”
Vallely told WND that, according to his recollection, Wilson mentioned his wife’s job at the CIA in the spring of 2002 – more than a year before Robert Novak’s July 14, 2003, column identifying her, citing administration officials, as “an Agency operative on weapons of mass destruction.”
“He was rather open about his wife working at the CIA,” said Vallely, who retired in 1991 as the Army’s deputy commanding general in the Pacific. WND learned of Vallely’s claim through an interview Thursday night on the ABC Radio network’s John Batchelor show.
Again, tonight, Vallely repeated his assertions that he met at least three times with Wilson in the Fox “green room.” He said he is certain it was in the spring of 2002.
From the Hawaii Reporter on November 3, 2005:
According to a July 10, 2004, Washington Post article on the Senate Intelligence Committee findings about Wilson’s investigatory trip to Niger, Africa, unanimously agreed by all committee senators, including Democrats, “The panel found that Wilson’s report, rather than debunking intelligence about purported uranium sales to Iraq, as he has said, bolstered the case for most intelligence analysts. And contrary to Wilson’s assertions and even the government’s previous statements, the CIA did not tell the White House it had qualms about the reliability of the Africa intelligence that made its way into 16 fateful words in President Bush’s January 2003 State of the Union address.”
According to the Senate Intelligence Committee, in the eyes of CIA analysts, Joe Wilson’s own debriefing report upon returning from Niger backs this up as well.
In March, 2003, when U.S. tanks rolled into Iraq, 500 tons of yellow cake uranium was found at the Iraqi nuclear research center of al-Tuwaitha. This included 1.8 tons of partly enriched uranium. On June 23, 2004, the U.S. military, working with the U.S. Department of Energy removed this material to the US where is held at an unnamed Department of Energy facility.
As U.S. Marine Lt General James Conway says in the October Proceedings magazine: “The insurgents realize full well the only chance they have of defeating the U.S. military is to weaken the will of the American population … .”
This al-Qaeda goal corresponds completely with techniques being used by Democrats who still want to avenge Al Gore’s 2000 loss.
Media Matters, a left leaning website, has noted that other FOX personalities have repeated the claims that Joe Wilson outed his wife. Joe Wilson has denied the charges.
Update: (4:00 PM CST) Sean Hannity had General Vallely on his radio show today General Vallely said he is not backing down from his claim that Joe Wilson told him in the green room at FOX News that his wife worked in “the agaency” back in 2002. Apparently, Joe Wilson did numerous segments for FOX News during the fall of 2002 and so did General Vallely and they talked with each other several times before going on the air. General Vallely said that this was common knowlege and that Joe Wilson was not shy about divulging the information.