Allison and Producer Nick travelled to Santa Fe, New Mexico so speak with former United States Ambassador Joseph Wilson to discuss Joe’s experience when he and his wife became targets of the Bush Administration. Joe takes on Dick Cheney’s recent memoir and weighs in on the media’s failure to report the facts about weapons of mass destruction prior to the Iraq war. He also discusses how mainstream media continues to ignore a great deal of international news.
Joseph Wilson is a former United States Ambassador to Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe. Prior to his posts as ambassador he served as Deputy Chief of Missions in Baghdad and was the last American diplomat to meet with Saddam Hussein after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.
In 2002, Wilson traveled to Niger at the request of the CIA to investigate whether then Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was attempting to purchase yellow cake uranium. In response to President Bush’s 2003 State of the Union address in which the President asserted that Hussein had sought uranium from Niger, Wilson published a piece in The New York Times Opinion section entitled, “What I Didn’t Find in Africa” which contradicted Bush’s speech justifying war. A week after Wilson’s piece was published, journalist Robert Novak disclosed in his column, that Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, was a covert CIA operative.
Wilson currently resides in Santa Fe and works as a consultant.