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Ambassador Joseph Wilson to speak at Moravian

Congressional candidate Joseph Driscoll to introduce Wilson at student-sponsored event

Bethlehem, Pa., October 11, 2004—Ambassador Joseph Wilson and Congressional candidate Joseph Driscoll will speak at Moravian College on Wednesday, October 13, 4 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building. The lecture is sponsored by The Forum, Moravian’s student-led political discussion group.

Wilson is the author of The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife’s CIA Identity. He chronicles the revealing story of his career as an American diplomat and his pivotal role in foreign policy, from telling Saddam Hussein to leave Kuwait to confronting the White House leaks that have breached national security. The book details the disclosure of the undercover identity of Wilson’s wife, CIA operative Valerie Plame, which was an unprecedented and potentially criminal act.

Wilson is currently following the presidential campaign trail and speaking out against President Bush and the war in Iraq. He will be introduced by Joseph Driscoll, the Democrat candidate for the 15th Congressional District in Pennsylvania.

“Based on my experience with the administration in the months leading up to the war, I have little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat,” Wilson wrote in an op-ed published on Sunday, July 6, 2003 by the New York Times.

Wilson was a career United States diplomat from 1976 to 1998. During Democratic and Republican administrations he served in various diplomatic posts throughout Africa and eventually as ambassador to Gabon. He was the acting ambassador to Baghdad when Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990. In February 2002, he investigated reports of Iraq’s attempt to buy uranium from Niger. In October 2003, Wilson received the Ron Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling from the Fertel Foundation and the Nation Institute. Most recently, Wilson was enlisted by the CIA to research Iraq's interests in purchasing uranium in Niger. He claims that Iraq was not intending to purchase the materials to produce nuclear weapons, and that President Bush did not accurately release the details of his report to the public. Wilson became a strong opponent to Bush, claiming that the president addressed the nation with false information which Wilson did not provide.

“We are pleased to welcome Ambassador Wilson and Joe Driscoll to our campus during this important election year,” says Richard Wikins ’05, president of The Forum at Moravian College. “With students making up such an important voting group in battleground states like Pennsylvania, this is a good opportunity for the student body to hear an interesting perspective regarding a whole host of issues facing the country today.”

The purpose of The Forum is to combat apathy of thought on campus by the publication of a political journal/magazine, the facilitation of student-led discussions on various contemporary topics, and the sponsorship of speakers. Through this unique event, The Forum hosts an opportunity to increase student and community action and awareness.

This event is free and is open to the public. Driscoll’s appearance at Moravian College does not imply endorsement or opposition of his candidacy for Congress. The Haupert Union Building is located at the corner of Monocacy and Locust Street in Bethlehem. For more information call 610-861-1365.