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August 26, 2003
By: Kevin Drum

VALERIE PLAME UPDATE....Who was it that outed Joseph Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, as a CIA agent? Robert Novak said only that it was two "senior administration officials," but Joseph Wilson himself hasn't pointed a specific finger.

Until now. I didn't notice the significance of this last week (sorry, Natasha!), but last night Mark Kleiman linked to Pacific Views, which has a snippet from a public panel in Washington last Thursday in which Wilson participated. Here's what he said:

AUDIENCE QUESTION: Assuming what Robert Novak said about your wife was true....can we expect the FBI to give a complete unhindered investigation into that?

WILSON: [Long statement in which he says, basically, they're professionals and will do a professional investigation. Then:] At the end of the day, it's of keen interest to me to see whether or not we can get Karl Rove frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs. And trust me, when I use that name, I measure my words.

"Senior administration official" is a term of art, and Karl Rove is certainly a member of that elite group. Will the FBI be knocking on his door soon?

NOTE: Wilson's quote has been corrected fom Natasha's handwritten notes via a video of the event here.

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