Reader Molly points out that in the July 11, 2003 press briefing Condoleezza Rice was urging the press to ask the CIA about Joe Wilson’s trip to Africa, and sounding a bit disappointed when there was no follow-up.
Q Dr. Rice, when did you all find out that the documents were forged?
DR. RICE: Sometime in March, I believe. Is that right?
MR. FLEISCHER: The IAEA reported it.
DR. RICE: The IAEA reported it I believe in March. But I will tell you that, for instance, on Ambassador Wilson’s going out to Niger, I learned of that when I was sitting on whatever TV show it was, because that mission was not known to anybody in the White House. And you should ask the Agency at what level it was known in the Agency.
Q When was that TV show, when you learned about it?
DR. RICE: A month ago, about a month ago.
Q Can I ask you about something else?
DR. RICE: Yes. Are you sure you’re through with this?
You know what they say about a creature that has the appearance, sound, and gait of a duck – it probably is a duck.
And in this case the duck goes by the name of “conspiracy to commit a felony”.