The Wilson Report

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Monday, October 31, 2005; 2:37 PM

In early 2002 the Bush administration tried to flesh out reports that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, purchased in Niger.


  • Feb. 19: Valerie Plame introduced her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson IV, at a CIA meeting about reports that Iraq tried to buy "yellowcake" uranium from Niger for nuclear weapons. 
  • February: The CIA sent Wilson to Niger to investigate the reports. He concluded the reports were dubious.
  • March: Wilson briefed the CIA on his findings. The agency sent the White House a memo on his report.
  • 2003

  • Jan. 28: Bush included these 16 words in his State of the Union address: "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

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