Joseph C. Wilson

Born Nov 6, 1949

Joseph Charles Wilson IV is a former United States diplomat best known for his 2002 trip to Niger to investigate allegations that Saddam Hussein was attempting to purchase yellowcake uranium; his New York Times op-ed piece, "What I Didn't Find in Africa"; and the subsequent "outing" of his wife Valerie Plame as a CIA agent. He is the CEO of his own consulting firm, JC Wilson International Ventures. In January 2007, Wilson joined Jarch Capital, LLC, as vice chairman.… Read More

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1949 Birth Joseph C. Wilson, IV, was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1949 to Joseph Charles Wilson, III, and Phyllis (Finnell) Wilson; he grew up in California and Europe (Wilson, The Politics of Truth 32–33). … Read More


1968 18 Years Old In 1968, Wilson matriculated at the University of California, Santa Barbara, majoring, he once joked, in "history, volleyball, and surfing" and maintaining a "C" average (The Politics of Truth 32).


1972 22 Years Old He worked as a carpenter for five years after his 1972 graduation. … Read More
1974 24 Years Old Wilson's first marriage was to his college sweetheart Susan Otchis in 1974 (The Politics of Truth 33).
1976 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Having become fluent in French as a teenager, Wilson entered the US Foreign Service in 1976, where he would be employed until 1998.
1979 29 Years Old In 1979, the couple had a set of twins, Sabrina Cecile and Joseph Charles V. The marriage ended in an amicable divorce in 1986, toward the end of his service in Burundi.


1986 36 Years Old Wilson married his second wife Jacqueline, a Frenchwoman raised in Africa, in 1986 (86–89).
1988 38 Years Old From 1988 to 1991, he was the Deputy Chief of Mission (to US Ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie) at the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.


1990 - 1992 2 More Events
1995 45 Years Old From 1995 to 1997, Wilson served as Political Advisor (POLAD) to the Commander in Chief of US Armed Forces, Europe (EUCOM), in Stuttgart, Germany.
Wilson had met Valerie Plame in 1997, while working for President Bill Clinton; they married in 1998, after Wilson's divorce from Jacqueline (242). … Read More
1998 48 Years Old Though Wilson and Jacqueline began to live separate lives in the 1990s, they did not divorce until 1998 because Wilson "was never in one place long enough to complete the process" (242).


2000 50 Years Old In 2000, he donated funds both to Gore's and Bush's presidential campaigns.(The Politics of Truth pp. 278–80, 282).
In 2003, Wilson endorsed John Kerry for president and donated to his campaign; in 2003 and 2004, he served as an advisor to and speechwriter for the campaign (410–12).
2004 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2004, Wilson published a political and personal memoir entitled The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir. … Read More
2005 55 Years Old But another editorial published in the July 13, 2005, Wall Street Journal asserts that Wilson had lied in his "What I Didn't Find in Africa" about "what he'd discovered in Africa, how he'd discovered it, what he'd told the CIA about it, or even why he was sent on the mission."
An editorial headlined "A Good Leak" published in the April 9, 2006, Washington Post claims that "Mr. Wilson was the one guilty of twisting the truth and that, in fact, his report the CIA supported the conclusion that Iraq had sought uranium." … Read More
…  In January 2007, Wilson joined Jarch Capital, LLC, as vice chairman.
2008 58 Years Old Wilson endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2008 US presidential election. … Read More
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