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photo"Is Valerie your real name?" That's what Ambassador Joseph Wilson asked his future wife when she revealed to him that she was a CIA operative. The new question is who leaked Valerie Plame's name to a Washington columnist.

Did the White House out Plame to get back at Wilson for his public criticism of the case for the war with Iraq? And If the leak did come from the White House, how high up did it go?

Tonight, On Point: Ambassador Joseph Wilson speaks out. And, later in the program , we'll hear from former Nixon counsel John Dean who hears echos of Watergate in the Wilson scandal.

Guests:

Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, Deputy Chief of Mission in Baghdad, Iraq during Gulf Crisis (1988-1991). Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council, 1997-1998. Served as Ambassador to the Gabonese Republic and the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Brazzaville, Congo (1986-88) and Bujumbura, Burundi (1982)

John Dean, counsel to President Nixon from 1970 to 1973. He now writes a column for Findlaw and is the author of several books, with the next to be published in January 2004, a biography of Warren G. Harding

Jack Beatty, On Point News Analyst, a senior editor at the Atlantic Monthly magazine

This program aired on October 30, 2003.

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