Billmon wonders when the White House started to actively gather information on Joseph Wilson because he believes it was later than Wilson thought it was. Another little tidbit from the SSCI that relates to this question was this statement which followed the INR assertion that sending Wilson to Niger would be redunant because the claim was implausible on its face:
Other meeting participants argued that the trip would do little to clarify the story on the alleged uranium deal because the Nigeriens would be unlikely to admit to a uranium sales agreement with Iraq, even if one had been negotiated. An e-mail from a WINPAC analyst to CPD following the meeting noted "it appears that the results from this source will be suspect at best, and not believable under most scenarios." (pg 46-47)
So which group was WINPAC? Why it stands for the Director of Central Intelligence's (DCI) Center for Weapons Intelligence, Nonproliferation, and Arms Control. Who do you think might have been speculating in Feb 2002 that sending Wilson to Niger would help discredit any skeptical review of the evidence (or lack of evidence)? From out of which group did Frederick Fleitz come?
Your turn now.