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Joseph C. Wilson IV

Self Description

January 2007: "Ambassador Wilson served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council from June 1997 until July 1998. In that capacity he was responsible for the coordination of U.S. policy to the 48 countries of sub-Saharan Africa, He was one of the principal architecs of President Clinton's historic trip to Africa in March 1998.

Ambassador Wilson was the Political Advisor to the Commander-in-Chief of United States Armed Forces, Europe, 1995-1997. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Gabonese Republic and to the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe from 1992 to 1995. From 1998 to 1991, Ambassador Wilson served in Baghdad, Iraq as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy. During ''Desert Shield'' he was the acting Ambassador and was responsible for the negotiations that resulted in the release of several hundred American hostages. He was the last official American to meet with Saddam Hussein before the launching of ''Desert Storm.''

Ambassador Wilson was a member of the U.S. Diplomatic Service from 1976 until 1998. His early assignments included Niamey, Niger, 1976-1978; Lome, Togo, 1978-79; the State Department Brueau of African Affairs, 1979-1981; and Pretoria, South Africa, 1981-1982.

In 1982, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Mission in Bujumbura, Burundi. In 1985-1986, he served in the offices of Senator Albert Gore and the House Majority Whip, Representative Thomas Foley, as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. He was Deputy Chief of Mission in Brazzaville, Congo, 1986-88, prior to his assignment to Baghdad.

Ambassador Wilson was raised in California and graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1972. He is a graduate of the Senior Seminar (1972), the most advanced International Affairs training offered by the U.S. Government. He speaks fluent French.

Ambassador Wilson holds the Department of Distinguished Service Award, the Department of State Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards, the University of California, Santa Barbara Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the American Foreign Service Association William R. Rivkin Award. Additionally, he has been decorated as a Commander in the Order of the Equatorial Star by the Government of Gabon and as an Admiral in the El Paso Navy by the El Paso County Commissioners.

He is married to the former Valerie Plame and has two sons and two daughters."

Third-Party Descriptions

June 2007: Joseph C. Wilson IV, Plame's husband, said a pardon would be improper. 'My view of this is that given the supervisory-subordinate relationship that existed between Cheney, the president and Libby, they should recuse themselves,' he said. 'It's Ethics 101.'

January 2007: During an hour-long opening statement that started the trial, the prosecutor painted for the jury what he called 'a firestorm' inside the White House on the final day of the July 4, 2003, holiday weekend, when an op-ed article by Plame's husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, attacked the administration. Wilson, who had been sent to Niger by the CIA to determine whether Iraq was seeking uranium for its nuclear weapons program, said the president and his aides 'may have twisted the intelligence' concerning whether Iraq was seeking weapons of mass destruction.

July 2004: "Last July 14, Robert Novak, claiming two senior sources, exposed Valerie as an "agency operative [who] suggested sending him to Niger." Novak went ahead with his column despite the fact that the CIA had urged him not to disclose her identity. That leak to Novak may well have been a federal crime and is under investigation." articles/A56501-2004Jul16.html

October 2004: ...conversations with senior administration officials in 2003 about former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV's trip to the African nation of Niger. Wilson was sent there by the CIA to determine whether Iraq had tried to obtain uranium to use to make weapons of mass destruction.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) National Security Council (NSC) Organization Jan 24, 2007
Student/Trainee (past or present) University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB) Organization Jan 24, 2007
Representative of (past or present) President George Herbert Walker Bush Person Jan 24, 2007
Advisor/Consultant to (past or present) President William ("Bill") Jefferson Clinton Person Jan 24, 2007
Subordinate of (past or present) Vice-President Albert "Al" Gore Jr. Person Jan 24, 2007
Family Member Valerie Plame Wilson Person Aug 13, 2005
Opponent (past or present) Karl Rove Person Aug 13, 2005

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Jul 03, 2007 Soft on Crime

QUOTE: Judging from [President Bush's] decision yesterday to commute the 30-month sentence of I. Lewis Libby Jr. — who was charged with perjury and convicted — untarnished ideals are less of a priority than protecting the secrets of his inner circle and mollifying the tiny slice of right-wing Americans left in his political base.

New York Times
Jun 06, 2007 In the West Wing, Pardon Is A Topic Too Sensitive to Mention

QUOTE: The sentence imposed on former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby yesterday put President Bush in the position of making a decision he has tried to avoid for months: Trigger a fresh political storm by pardoning a convicted perjurer or let one of the early architects of his administration head to prison.

Washington Post
May 18, 2007 Judge Told Leak Was Part of 'Policy Dispute'

QUOTE: Attorneys for Vice President Cheney and top White House officials told a federal judge yesterday that they cannot be held liable for anything they disclosed to reporters about covert CIA officer Valerie Plame or her husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV.

Washington Post
Apr 03, 2007 How Bogus Letter Became a Case for War: Intelligence Failures Surrounded Inquiry on Iraq-Niger Uranium Claim

QUOTE: The uranium claim would become a crucial justification for the invasion of Iraq...Dozens of interviews with current and former intelligence officials and policymakers in the United States, Britain, France and Italy show that the Bush administration disregarded key information available at the time showing that the Iraq-Niger claim was highly questionable.

Washington Post
Mar 06, 2007 Libby Guilty of Lying in C.I.A. Leak Case

QUOTE: The jury rejected Mr. Libby’s claims of memory lapses as it convicted him of obstruction of justice, giving false statements to the F.B.I. and perjuring himself, charges embodied in four of the five counts of the indictment.The panel acquitted him on an additional count of making false statements to the F.B.I.

New York Times
Jan 31, 2007 Reporter Who Was Jailed Testifies in Libby Case

QUOTE: Judith Miller, a former reporter for The New York Times, testified Tuesday as a witness for the prosecutor who had put her in jail for 85 days, recounting details of her once-confidential interviews with I. Lewis Libby Jr....The day ended with an extraordinary argument by lawyers for both sides, as well as a lawyer for Ms. Miller, over whether Mr. Jeffress could ask her if she had other sources she spoke to about Ms. Wilson.

New York Times
Jan 24, 2007 Defense Portrays Libby as Scapegoat: Jury Is Told About White House Rifts

QUOTE: I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was "put through the meat grinder" by the White House shortly after the Iraq war began, scapegoated to conceal the fact that Karl Rove, the president's top political adviser, helped disclose an undercover CIA officer's identity, a defense attorney contended yesterday as Libby's perjury trial began.

Washington Post
Jul 13, 2006 Former CIA Officer Sues Cheney Over Leak: Ex-CIA Officer Alleges Leak Of Her Name Was Retaliatory

QUOTE: Former CIA officer Valerie Plame and her husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, filed a lawsuit yesterday against Vice President Cheney, presidential adviser Karl Rove and former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, accusing the three of violating their constitutional rights in retaliation for Wilson's criticism of President Bush.

Washington Post
Feb 10, 2006 Libby Testified He Was Told To Leak Data About Iraq

QUOTE: Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff testified that his bosses instructed him to leak information to reporters from a high-level intelligence report that suggested Iraq was trying to obtain weapons of mass destruction...

Washington Post
Nov 22, 2005 Woodward Talks of Admission, Apology: Author Says He Realized He Would Be 'Dragged Into This'

QUOTE: Asked how he could have discussed the Fitzgerald probe, on King's show among others, without revealing his involvement...

Washington Post
Jul 24, 2005 Leak Riddle: Who's Playing Whom?

QUOTE: ...the conflict of interest that reporters routinely have with high-level sources who leak sensitive information. It is the dirty little secret of the Washington press corps, a kind of unspoken conspiracy in which reporters conceal not only their sources' identities but more importantly the underlying motives for the leaks.

Washington Post
Jul 19, 2005 When Is Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Justified? The Case of Judith Miller

QUOTE: The most recent high-profile instance of civil disobedience is that of New York Times reporter Judith Miller. After a federal judge found Miller in contempt of court for refusing to comply with a grand jury subpoena, she has been held in a federal penitentiary. Every court to review the subpoena has proclaimed it legally valid, but Miller believes it to be unconstitutional.

May 11, 2005 What Matt Cooper Shares With Yaser Hamdi: A new petition before the Supreme Court explains all.

QUOTE: ...the 1996 precedent Jaffee v. Redmond, which established a new common law privilege for psychotherapists under Rule 501. If the government's interest in prosecuting crime can tolerate psychotherapists refusing to testify before the grand jury about their clients, then it should be able to tolerate the refusal of journalists to give up their sources.

Feb 16, 2005 Judges Order 2 Reporters to Testify on Leak

QUOTE: Reporters at the New York Times and Time magazine may be jailed if they continue to refuse to answer questions before a grand jury about their confidential conversations with government sources...

Washington Post
Oct 08, 2004 Journalist Cited for Contempt in Leak Probe: Reporter Refused To Discuss Sources

QUOTE: A federal judge found New York Times reporter Judith Miller in contempt of court yesterday and ordered her jailed for as long as 18 months for refusing to answer questions before a grand jury investigating the leak of a covert CIA operative's identity to the news media.

Washington Post