Tuesday, October 18, 2005

INR Memo Was In the White House

This could be explosive. Walter Pincus and Jim VandeHei of Wapo are reporting this on the INR Memo:
  • It was drafted in June as an administrative letter and addressed to then-Undersecretary of State Marc Grossman, who was acting secretary at the time...
  • Grossman wanted the letter as background for a meeting at the White House
  • Grossman has refused to answer questions about the letter, and it is not clear whether he talked about it at the White House meeting he was said to have attended, according to the former State official.

Remember this memo contains a paragraph that is "marked "(S)," meaning it was classified secret, describing a meeting at the CIA in February 2002, attended by another INR analyst, where Plame introduced her husband as the person who was to go to Niger."

This memo was IN THE WHITE HOUSE apparently sometime in the month prior to the leaking of Plame's name by Novak. The question is who if anyone saw it at that White House meeting "where the discussion was focused on then growing criticism of Bush's inclusion in his January State of the Union speech of the allegation that Hussein had been seeking uranium from Niger."
Was Cheney at this meeting? Did the smear of Wilson come from the top down?

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