Patrick Fitzgerald’s Look Into Forged Niger Documents
United Press International reported on October 23rd, “Fitzgerald's team has been given the full, and as yet unpublished report of the Italian parliamentary inquiry into the affair, which started when an Italian journalist obtained documents that appeared to show officials of the government of Niger helping to supply the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein with Yellowcake uranium.”
Justin Raimondo reported on October 19th:
According to a source in the Italian embassy, Patrick J. "Bulldog" Fitzgerald asked for and "has finally been given a full copy of the Italian parliamentary oversight report on the forged Niger uranium document," the former CIA officer tells me:
"Previous versions of the report were redacted and had all the names removed, though it was possible to guess who was involved. This version names Michael Ledeen as the conduit for the report and indicates that former CIA officers Duane Clarridge and Alan Wolf were the principal forgers. All three had business interests with Chalabi."
The week before Scooter Libby was indicted, David Shuster reported on MSNBC’s Hardball, “Some sources confirm that Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald requested and received an Italian Government report on forged documents, the Bush administration relied on to help make the case for war with Iraq. The telexes, letters, and contracts reported to show Iraq sought uranium from Niger. They surfaced in October 2002, seven months after the CIA, as a result of Joe Wilson’s trip to Niger, had dismissed the claims, but just as the administration was ratcheting up fears Iraq was a nuclear threat and was seeking uranium.”
However, most interesting is Fitzgerald’s own words in his court filing (page 10). Fitzgerald writes, “On August 12th and August 20th 2004, grand jury subpoenas were issued to reporter Judith Miller and her employer, The New York Times, seeking documents and testimony related to “conversations between Miller and a specified government official occurring between on or about July 26th, 2003 and on or about July 13th, 2003, concerning Valerie Plame Wilson (whether referred to by name or by description) or concerning Iraqi efforts to obtain uranium.”
Whether Fitzgerald received testimony and documents from Miller regarding her knowledge of Iraqi efforts to obtain uranium, we simply do not know, but he clearly sees the connection between these false claims, the forged documents and the outing of Valerie Plame. Only time will tell how much Fitzgerald has been able to ferret out about the Bush administration's carefully constructed lies that led us to war in Iraq. Let’s hope he takes his time and nails them all to the wall.