Anatomy Of A Leak

Reports that Iraq was buying African uranium sparked Joseph Wilson's trip to Niger, his wife's exposure as a covert agent and a bitter fight between the White House and the CIA.

--FEBRUARY 2002

Vice President Dick Cheney's office asks the CIA to look into British reports that Saddam Hussein's government attempted to buy uranium from Niger. Agency officials decide to dispatch ex-Ambassador Joseph Wilson to the West African nation; after eight days he returns and calls the intelligence "bogus and unrealistic." The agency sends a memo to the White House on March 9 summarizing Wilson's findings

--JAN. 23, 2003

In his State of the Union address, President Bush cites British intelligence accusing Iraq of seeking uranium from Africa, despite months of debate between Administration officials over whether that intelligence is reliable....

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