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CIA World Factbook

Libyan Convoy Spotted in Niger

Reports have a large convoy of Libyan military vehicles crossing the border into Niger, but there is no indication that Moammar Gadhafi, his family or his advisers are on board. The Los Angeles Times reports that the convoy is made up of as many as 250 vehicles, though a local source puts the number at a few dozen.

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / ruba_ch

Niger Seeks Aid for Weary Libyan Refugees

The government of Niger has appealed to the international community for assistance for almost 60,000 people who have fled to Niger from Libya since fighting began in February.

Posted on Apr 27, 2011 READ MORE


Protect the Oil Zone

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Posted on Mar 15, 2011 READ MORE


Nigerian massacre
AP / NTA TV

Nigerian Governor Says Army Ignored Massacre Warnings

On Sunday, hundreds of people were killed in three Nigerian villages near the city of Jos in a retaliatory massacre that might have been thwarted, according to a local governor, had the military paid attention to warning signs before it began and distress signals once it was under way.

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rebecca Blackwell

Niger Hit by Military Coup

A military junta, the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy, captured Niger’s President Mamadou Tandja and his Cabinet on Thursday in a coup d’etat welcomed by opposition leaders and potentially by a population frustrated with the government, which critics say has stayed in power past its legal term.

Posted on Feb 19, 2010 READ MORE



White House / David Bohrer

Joe Wilson Wants Dick Cheney to Let It All Hang Out

Ever the fan of cherry-picking, former Vice President Dick Cheney has called for the declassification of select intelligence he claims would polish his torture legacy. Whistle-blower extraordinaire Joe Wilson says the “most secretive individual in American politics” shouldn’t stop there—why not air all of the Bush administration’s dirty laundry once and for all?

Posted on Apr 27, 2009 READ MORE


Condoleezza
socialitelife.com

Rice Resists Subpoena

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she’s not obligated under the principle of executive privilege to comply with a subpoena issued by the House, but would be happy to respond to questions by writing a letter.

Posted on Apr 26, 2007 READ MORE


rice
africanamericans.com

Subpoena Time for Rice

The House of Representatives’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee subpoenaed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday to testify in May about what she knew about false intelligence linking Niger to Iraq’s supposed WMD program.

Posted on Apr 25, 2007 READ MORE


Bush
cnn.com

Follow the 16 Words

The Washington Post continues to investigate the now infamous 16 words the president used to help make his case for war. It’s not surprising to read that the Niger uranium claim was bogus, but it is disconcerting to learn just how many people in the intelligence community knew it all along.

Posted on Apr 3, 2007 READ MORE


Maher

Bill Maher Accuses Bush of Treason

On Friday’s “Real Time,” Bill Maher eviscerated the Bush administration for outing Valerie Plame. There are no revelations here, but Maher’s hard-hitting analysis of the scandal will satisfy even the most Plame-exhausted viewer. Warning: HBO language.

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE


Role of the Big Guys Is Becoming Clear in Plame Case

Regardless of the outcome of the “Scooter” Libby trial, it has become plain that Bush and Cheney misled the public about their involvement with the vengeful leaking of a CIA operative’s identity.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


Tenet and Bush
AP Photo / Lawrence Jackson

A Case for Impeachment

Revelations in the perjury trial of Lewis “Scooter” Libby re-emphasize the need for an impeachment trial to establish the true story behind President Bush’s erroneous claim about Saddam Hussein’s supposed nuclear weapons program.

Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


Richard Armitage
From scoop.co.nz

Alleged Armitage Leak is Biggest Irony of Plamegate

The first person to tell reporters that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA was not, apparently, someone in Dick Cheney’s circle out to smear Plame as a way of getting back at her husband, who had criticized the administration. Rather, it was then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, who didn’t have an ax to grind, who didn’t know Plame was an undercover operative, and who was apparently just passing on gossip, according to a new book.

Posted on Aug 28, 2006 READ MORE


Novak Names Sources in CIA Leak Case

Columnist Robert Novak revealed for the first time, in a column to be released Wednesday, that both Karl Rove and former CIA spokesman Bill Harlow had confirmed Valerie Plame’s status as a CIA agent. He said that this occurred only after another administration official first supplied him with the info.
This is not a huge deal, relatively speaking, but certainly of interest to Plamegate junkies….

Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


President Bush
AP / J. Scott Applewhite

National Journal: Bush ‘Directed’ Cheney to Discredit Joe Wilson

The president told federal investigators that he ordered Vice President Cheney to personally lead an effort to counter the allegations made by former Ambassador Joe Wilson that the White House had misrepresented intelligence to make the case to go to war with Iraq, according to people familiar with Bush’s statement, as quoted by Murray Waas of the National Journal.

  • If this story is correct, this not only links Bush with the CIA leak case, it puts him squarely at its helm.

  • Posted on Jul 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Vanity Fair cover
    From Vanity Fair

    Vanity Fair: Niger Yellowcake Forgery May Have White House Ties

    Vanity Fair’s Craig Unger reports that the Italian Secret Service likely concocted the Saddam-Niger forgery to bolster Bush’s case for war. The article raises questions about the involvement of a prominent White House-connected neocon in the “black ops” campaign.

    Posted on Jun 7, 2006 READ MORE


    David Addington
    From MSNBC

    ‘The Most Powerful Person You’ve Never Heard Of’

    It’s David Addington, Dick Cheney’s new chief of staff, who has been instrumental in fashioning legal arguments to support presidential-sanctioned torture, the attempt to discredit Joe Wilson, and the bogus Niger uranium story. U.S. News has the goods in this fantastic profile.
    Sickened by those “signing statements” that Bush uses to essentially ignore the laws Congress has passed? Addington has his fingerprints all over those.

    Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Cheney's Notes
    From talkingpointsmemo.com

    Cheney’s Notes May Reignite Leak Firestorm

    Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has disclosed handwritten notes by the vice president that ask whether former Ambassador Joe Wilson was sent to Niger on a “junket” by his wife. The notes appear on a copy of Wilson’s N.Y. Times Op-Ed piece that kicked off the controversy. (via Huff Po)

    Posted on May 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Report: Plame Was Working on Iran When Outed

    Remember Valerie Plame Wilson? Well, she was apparently working on Iran when she was outed as a CIA agent by Robert Novak, and the outing allegedly damaged America’s ability to track Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

    Posted on May 1, 2006 READ MORE


    ‘Forgers’ of Niger Uranium Contract Named

    Remember the uranium ore that Hussein supposedly purchased from Niger? A contract documenting the sale was used as evidence of the need to invade Iraq and was included in a 2002 U.S. State Department fact sheet on Iraq’s weapons program. Remember how the IAEA denounced the documents as fakes shortly before the invasion of Iraq? Well, according to the Times Online, the forgers have finally been named.

    Posted on Apr 9, 2006 READ MORE


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