Joseph C. Wilson
American ambassador
Joseph C. Wilson
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.
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CUNY Hopes to Dismiss Graduate Center Official Over Financial Inquiry
NYTimes - about 3 years
Prof. Joseph Wilson of Brooklyn College’s Graduate Center for Worker Education “unjustly enriched” himself, a City University investigation charged.     
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Jonathan Weiler: Why Is Congressman Peter King Lying About Glenn Greenwald?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
As has been widely reported, earlier this week New York Republican Congressman Peter King called for the prosecution of Glenn Greenwald, in response to Greenwald's role in bringing to light the sensational charges by former NSA employee Edward Snowden about pervasive government surveillance programs. King insisted on Fox News that the NSA disclosures harm our national security (a claim that numerous national security officials and experts dispute and that appears to have little merit). But King also claimed that Greenwald was threatening to disclose the names of "CIA agents and assets around the world," warning ominously that "the last time that was done in this country, you saw a CIA station chief murdered in Greece." King's claim about what Greenwald has threatened to do is, of course, a complete falsehood. There is no record anywhere of Greenwald having made such a threat (nor is there of Snowden). And Greenwald himself has been adamant that he never would disclose such ...
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The Great Ammunition Myth
National Review Online - almost 4 years
Last year, the Social Security Administration put out a procurement request for 174,000 rounds of “.357 Sig 125 grain bonded jacketed hollow point pistol ammunition,” prompting a few on the Internet to work themselves up into something of a frenzy. “It’s not outlandish,” claimed Paul Joseph Wilson, one of a team of professional paranoiacs on the Infowars website, “to suggest that the Social Security Administration is purchasing the bullets as part of preparations for civil unrest.” “Something strange is going on,” harmonized Breitbart’s William Bigelow. Even Mark Levin was concerned. “I know why the government’s arming up,” he deduced. “It’s not because there’s going to be an insurrection; it’s because our society is unraveling.” The Social Security Administration’s purchase was by no means an anomaly. A year earlier, the unlikely pair of the Department of Agriculture (320,000 rounds) and the National Weather Service (46,000 rounds) had both put out tenders for ammunition. And slight ...
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New book reveals 365 days of fascinating Leeds stories
Yorkshire Evening Post - about 4 years
A new book on Leeds will reveal some startling insights into the city’s history – from brutal crimes committed in the 19th and 20th centuries through to royal visits and humorous events. The book, The Leeds Book of Days, is by Margaret Drinkall and contains one story for each day of the year. Speaking to Times Past, Margaret, 66, who lives in Rotherham, told us how she came to write it. “I have always been interested in history, right from a young age. I can remember being driven past Armley Jail as a youngster and being told that’s where people were hanged and I think that’s where it started for me. “I came back to Leeds recently and while most people go for the shopping, I went to look at the jail and take pictures of it and I got really excited about that.” Mother-of-four Margaret is the author of several books, including The Sheffield Book of Days, Sheffield Workhouse, Murder and Crime: Leeds and Rotherham Murders: A Half-Century of Serious Crime, 1900 - 1950, as well as some ...
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As EU basks in peace prize, separatists on rise
Fox News - over 4 years
Historic world port and fashionista capital, Antwerp has always lived on the crest of the wave. Now, a separatist party heading into municipal elections Sunday wants to use the city as a base for breaking away from Belgium — putting it at the forefront of a European breakaway trend just as the EU celebrates winning the Nobel Peace Prize for fostering continental unity. Moves toward separatism have been getting a bigger these past months as the economic crisis pushes people faster toward stark choices on nationhood and their future. It is no different in Spain's Catalonia, another wealthy region grousing that it has to pay for others in its crisis-hit country. Scotland, too, is looking at the option of going its own way, making the United Kingdom a little less united. Two days after the European Union won the Peace Prize for bridging ties between former enemies, Belgium holds municipal elections in which separatists hope to pick up city hall ...
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Joseph C. Wilson: Voter Intimidation and Suppression Come to New Mexico
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
For over twenty years, as a diplomat in Africa and the Middle East, I worked to bring free and fair elections to emerging democracies, always in the face of entrenched powerful interests. We often called upon the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute to assist us in developing programs to fight voter intimidation and suppression. When and where we found it, I could count on both my Republican and my Democratic colleague for full throated denunciations. Regrettably, that noble goal appears not to hold in our own elections. Last week, ProgressNow New Mexico released a video showing a Republican Party leader leading a "poll challenger training" replete with false information about New Mexico's voting laws. The misinformation disseminated by the Republican official - during the training and also in a manual created by the party - could be used to restrict eligible citizens' voting rights and thus harm the integrity of the upcoming election. F ...
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SGA awaits approval of sign-up policy - The Eastern Progress Online (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
Joseph Wilson, senator-at-large and creator of the registration legislation, said registration will change from a class basis to an hour basis. "The seniors go first, and then the juniors, and then the sophomores and then the freshmen," Wilson said
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Villarreal beats Mallorca 2-0 in Spanish league - Houston Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Villarreal scored in each half to beat Mallorca 2-0 on Tuesday for its first victory of the Spanish league season. Giuseppe Rossi scored Villarreal's opener at El Madrigal stadium when he slotted under
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Levante shocks 10-man Real Madrid - National Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
BARCELONA, Spain — Levante stunned 10-man Real Madrid 1-0 on Sunday, with Arouna Kone's second-half goal giving the Spanish powerhouse its first loss of the league season. While Barcelona routed Osasuna 8-0 for its biggest home win
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Ambassador Joseph Wilson reflects on 9/11 - Aljazeera.net
Google News - over 5 years
Former US ambassador to Iraq discusses 2001 attacks, invasion of Iraq, and the "dire consequences" of both. Joseph Wilson, the former ambassador to Iraq in the run-up to the first Gulf War, was the last US diplomat to meet with Saddam Hussein, in 1991
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Police: Archbald man capped crack binge with gas station robbery - Scranton Times-Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
Joseph Wilson, 30, 470 Main St., allegedly took a cab to the Sunoco gas station at 1716 N. Main Ave., walked inside at about 12:45 am, and pulled nearly $450 from the register and took two packs of Marlboro cigarettes before returning to the cab and
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Kaden Joseph Wilson - Shawnee News Star
Google News - over 5 years
By Anonymous Patrick and Katie Wilson of Shawnee announce the birth of a son, Kaden Joseph Wilson. He was born June 17, 2011, in Ada. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 18.75 inches long. He is the grandson of Terry and Kathy Wilson of Shawnee and
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Spanish players holding firm in decision to strike - Seattle Post Intelligencer
Google News - over 5 years
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish players are holding firm in their decision to carry out their first work stoppage in 27 years in their fight for a new collective bargaining agreement with improved salary guarantees
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Fabregas celebrates Barca debut with Supercup win - eTaiwan News
Google News - over 5 years
AP The Spain midfielder helped his boyhood club beat Real Madrid for the first time in five Spanish Supercup finals between the bitter rivals with a 3-2 victory Wednesday after a 2-2 draw in the first leg. Fabregas was involved in
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joseph C. Wilson
    FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 58
    Wilson endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2008 US presidential election.
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  • 2007
    Age 57
    On July 20, 2007, Ms. Sloan and the Wilsons announced publicly that they had filed an appeal of the US District Court's decision to dismiss their lawsuit.
    More Details Hide Details On August 12, 2008, in a 2–1 decision, the three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the dismissal. Melanie Sloan, of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which represents the Wilsons, "said the group will request the full D.C. Circuit to review the case and appeal to the US Supreme Court." Agreeing with the Bush administration, the Obama Justice Department argues the Wilsons have no legitimate grounds to sue. On the current justice department position, Sloan stated: "We are deeply disappointed that the Obama administration has failed to recognize the grievous harm top Bush White House officials inflicted on Joe and Valerie Wilson. The government's position cannot be reconciled with President Obama's oft-stated commitment to once again make government officials accountable for their actions." On June 21, 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal.
    United States District Court for the District of Columbia Judge John D. Bates dismissed the Wilsons' lawsuit on jurisdictional grounds on July 19, 2007, stating that the Wilsons had not shown that the case belonged in federal court.
    More Details Hide Details Bates also ruled that the court lacked jurisdiction over the claim because the couple had not yet exhausted their administrative remedies. Bates stated that the lawsuit raised "important questions relating to the propriety of actions undertaken by our highest government officials" but also noted that "there can be no serious dispute that the act of rebutting public criticism, such as that levied by Mr. Wilson against the Bush administration's handling of prewar foreign intelligence, by speaking with members of the press is within the scope of defendants' duties as high-level Executive Branch officials", even if "the alleged means by which defendants chose to rebut Mr. Wilson's comments and attack his credibility" were perhaps "highly unsavory."
    Wilson criticized President George W. Bush's July 2, 2007, commutation of Lewis Libby's prison sentence, calling it "a cover-up of the Vice President's role in this matter and quite possibly the role of the President and/or some of his senior White House advisers."
    More Details Hide Details Wilson also complained that the President's action and others' actions leading to President Bush's commutation of Libby's sentence could seriously damage United States national security by harming its intelligence capability. On the evening of the verdict in the Libby trial, Joseph C. Wilson appeared on Larry King Live, during which he announced that he and his wife had "signed a deal with Warner Bros of Hollywood to offer their consulting services—or maybe more—in the making of the forthcoming movie about the Libby trial", their lives and the CIA leak scandal. According to an article by Michael Fleming published in Variety earlier in the week, the feature film, a co-production between Weed Road's Akiva Goldsman and Jerry and Janet Zucker of Zucker Productions with a screenplay by Jez and John Butterworth to be based in part on Valerie Wilson's then still-forthcoming book "Fair Game", whose publication, in October 2007, after a delay of two months, was contingent on CIA clearances.
    In his 2007 memoir, Tenet writes that Wilson's report "produced no solid answers" and "was never delivered to Cheney.
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    Early in 2007, Wilson became vice chairman of Jarch Capital, LLC., to advise the firm on expansion in areas of Africa considered "politically sensitive."
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    In January 2007, Wilson joined Jarch Capital, LLC, as vice chairman.
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  • 2006
    Age 56
    On September 13, 2006, Joseph and Valerie Wilson amended their original lawsuit, adding Richard Armitage as a fourth defendant.
    More Details Hide Details Unlike their charges against Rove, Cheney, and Libby, "claiming that they had violated her constitutional rights and discredited her by disclosing that she was an undercover CIA operative", the Wilsons sued Armitage "for violating the 'Wilsons' constitutional right to privacy, Mrs. Wilson's constitutional right to property, and for committing the tort of publication of private facts.'"
    On July 13, 2006, a civil suit was filed by Joseph and Valerie Wilson against Vice President Dick Cheney, his former Chief of Staff I.
    More Details Hide Details Lewis "Scooter" Libby, top Presidential advisor Karl Rove, and other unnamed senior White House officials (among whom they later added Richard Armitage), for their alleged role in the public disclosure of Valerie Wilson's classified CIA status.
    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."
    More Details Hide Details Some commentators and newspaper readers believed that this Washington Post editorial contradicted a news article in the paper's same issue, which reported that the administration had misrepresented its actual confidence level in the intelligence reports that Hussein was seeking uranium. Complaints to the Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell about the apparent contradiction between the article and editorial, resulted in her acknowledging "the high wall between editorial and news" and also that "it would have been helpful if the editorial had put statements about Wilson in more context". In their 2006 book Hubris, Michael Isikoff and David Corn assert that it was Richard Armitage, Deputy Secretary of State, who first revealed that Wilson's wife worked for the CIA to Robert Novak sometime before July 8, 2003. In late August 2006, along with advance publicity for the book, news accounts and editorials began focusing on that public revelation: "Richard L. Armitage, a former deputy secretary of state, has acknowledged that he was the person whose conversation with a columnist in 2003 prompted a long, politically laden criminal investigation in what became known as the C.I.A. leak case, a lawyer involved in the case said on Tuesday 29, 2006."
  • 2005
    Age 55
    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."
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  • 2004
    Age 54
    An editorial in the Wall Street Journal published in mid-July 2004, finds some justification for his perspective presented in "What I Didn't Find in Africa", but highlights some evidence of Iraq's attempts at acquiring uranium yellowcake from African nations such as Niger, on which Iraq did not follow through.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The book describes his diplomatic career, his personal life and family, and his experiences during the Valerie Plame affair. Wilson's autobiographical account of over two decades of his life in foreign service includes detailed descriptions of his extensive diplomatic-career experiences, his first marriage and family, briefer references to his second marriage, his meeting of Valerie Plame, their courtship and marriage, and a detailed narrative of the events leading to his decision to go public with his criticisms of the George W. Bush administration and its aftermath.
  • 2003
    Age 53
    Subsequently, former Ambassador Wilson and others alleged that the disclosure was part of the Bush administration's attempts to discredit his report about his investigations in Africa and the op-ed describing his findings because they did not support the government's rationale for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
    More Details Hide Details Wilson's allegations led to a federal investigation of the leak by the United States Department of Justice, to the appointment of a Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, to the CIA leak grand jury investigation, and to a major American political scandal variously dubbed by the press "Plamegate", the "Plame affair", the "CIA leak scandal", and other terms relating to the public disclosure or "leak" of Mrs. Wilson's then-classified covert CIA identity as "Valerie Plame". In 2005, retired US Army Major General Paul E. Vallely claimed that former Ambassador Wilson "mentioned Plame's status as a CIA employee" in 2002 year before she was allegedly "outed" in the Fox News Channel's "green room" in Washington, D.C., as they waited to appear on air as analysts. In a later report on the conservative news site World Net Daily, Wilson demanded through his lawyer that Vallely retract these allegations, calling them "patently false."
    On July 6, 2003, in a Meet the Press interview with Andrea Mitchell, Wilson stated: "The question was asked of the CIA by the office of the vice president.
    More Details Hide Details The office of the vice president, I am absolutely convinced, received a very specific response to the question it asked and that response was based upon my trip out there." The week after the publication of Wilson's New York Times op ed, Robert Novak, in his syndicated Washington Post column, disclosed that Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, worked for the CIA as an agency operative.
    He also said: "the case I put down on the 5th of February 2003, for an hour and 20 minutes, roughly, on terrorism, on weapons of mass destruction, and on the human rights case we stand behind" In a July 11, 2003, statement, CIA director George Tenet, stated that the President, Vice President and other senior administration officials were not briefed on Wilson's report (otherwise widely distributed in the intelligence community) because it "did not resolve whether Iraq was or was not seeking uranium from abroad".
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    In response, in the July 6, 2003, issue of The New York Times, Wilson contributed an "op-ed" entitled "What I Didn't Find in Africa", in which he states that on the basis of his "experience with the administration in the months leading up to the war", he has "little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat."
    More Details Hide Details I was asked to help formulate the answer". In the last two paragraphs of his op-ed, Wilson relates his perspective to the Bush administration's rationale for the Iraq War: I was convinced before the war that the threat of weapons of mass destruction in the hands of Saddam Hussein required a vigorous and sustained international response to disarm him. Iraq possessed and had used chemical weapons; it had an active biological weapons program and quite possibly a nuclear research program—all of which were in violation of United Nations resolutions. Having encountered Mr. Hussein and his thugs in the run-up to the Persian Gulf war of 1991, I was only too aware of the dangers he posed. But were these dangers the same ones the administration told us about? We have to find out. America's foreign policy depends on the sanctity of its information. For this reason, questioning the selective use of intelligence to justify the war in Iraq is neither idle sniping nor "revisionist history", as Mr. Bush has suggested. The act of war is the last option of a democracy, taken when there is a grave threat to our national security. More than 200 American soldiers have lost their lives in Iraq already. We have a duty to ensure that their sacrifice came for the right reasons.
    President Bush's 2003 State of the Union Address included these 16 words: "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."
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    After the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Wilson supported activist groups like Win Without War, a nonpartisan coalition of groups united in opposition to the Iraq War Since the invasion and the publication of his memoir, The Politics of Truth, he has spoken frequently in the public media and at colleges and universities.
    More Details Hide Details In late February 2002, Wilson traveled to Niger at the CIA's request to investigate the possibility that Saddam Hussein had purchased enriched yellowcake uranium. Wilson met with the current US Ambassador to Niger, Barbro Owens-Kirkpatrick (1999–) at the embassy and then interviewed dozens of officials who had been in the Niger government at the time of the supposed deal. He ultimately concluded: "it was highly doubtful that any such transaction had ever taken place." Wilson learned that the Iraqis had in fact requested a meeting to discuss "expanding commercial relations" but that Niger's Prime Minister Mayaki had declined, due to concern about U.N. sanctions against Iraq.
    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).
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  • 2000
    Age 50
    In 2000, he donated funds both to Gore's and Bush's presidential campaigns.(The Politics of Truth pp. 278–80, 282).
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  • FORTIES
  • 1998
    Age 48
    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).
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  • 1997
    Age 47
    That experience helped him gain his position as Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton and Senior Director for African Affairs, National Security Council, in 1997–1998.
    More Details Hide Details Over the years, Wilson has made contributions to the campaigns of Democratic candidates, such as Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts and Congressman Charles B. Rangel of New York, and to Republican Congressman Ed Royce of California.
    From 1997 until 1998, when he retired, he helped direct Africa policy as Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton and as National Security Council Senior Director for African Affairs.
    More Details Hide Details Since retiring from government service in 1998, Wilson has managed JC Wilson International Ventures Corp., an international business development and management company.
    Wilson had met Valerie Plame in 1997, while working for President Bill Clinton; they married in 1998, after Wilson's divorce from Jacqueline (242).
    More Details Hide Details Wilson lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife and their two children, twins Trevor Rolph and Samantha Finnell Diana, born in 2000. Among Wilson's hobbies are golf, bicycling, and fitness. Diplomatic postings and government positions:
  • 1995
    Age 45
    From 1995 to 1997, Wilson served as Political Advisor (POLAD) to the Commander in Chief of US Armed Forces, Europe (EUCOM), in Stuttgart, Germany.
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  • 1992
    Age 42
    From 1992 to 1995, he served as US ambassador to Gabon and São Tomé and Príncipe.
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  • 1990
    Age 40
    In the wake of Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, he became the last American diplomat to meet with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, telling him in very clear terms to leave Kuwait (Wilson, The Politics of Truth 107–27).
    More Details Hide Details When Hussein sent a note to Wilson (along with other embassy heads in Baghdad) threatening to execute anyone sheltering foreigners in Iraq, Wilson publicly repudiated the dictator by appearing at a press conference wearing a homemade noose around his neck and declaring, "If the choice is to allow American citizens to be taken hostage or to be executed, I will bring my own fucking rope." Despite Hussein's threats, Wilson sheltered more than 100 Americans at the embassy and successfully evacuated several thousand people (Americans and other nationals) from Iraq. For his actions, he was called "a true American hero" by President George H. W. Bush.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1988
    Age 38
    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.
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  • 1986
    Age 36
    Wilson married his second wife Jacqueline, a Frenchwoman raised in Africa, in 1986 (86–89).
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 29
    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.
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  • 1976
    Age 26
    From January 1976 through 1998, he was posted in five African nations; as a general services officer in Niamey, Niger, (his first assignment) he was "responsible for keeping the power on and the cars running, among other duties".
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    Having become fluent in French as a teenager, Wilson entered the US Foreign Service in 1976, where he would be employed until 1998.
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  • 1974
    Age 24
    Wilson's first marriage was to his college sweetheart Susan Otchis in 1974 (The Politics of Truth 33).
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  • 1972
    Age 22
    He worked as a carpenter for five years after his 1972 graduation.
    More Details Hide Details Later, he became more serious about his education, winning a graduate fellowship and studying public administration. The Vietnam War protests of the late 1960s galvanized Wilson along with much of his generation and "pitted parents against kids in his family just as it did in many households around the country" (The Politics of Truth 32).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1968
    Age 18
    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).
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    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).
    More Details Hide Details He was raised in a "proud Republican family" in which "there was a long tradition of politics and service to the farm" and for which "politics was a staple around the table" (Wilson, The Politics of Truth 31). His mother's uncle, James "Sunny Jim" Rolph, was mayor of San Francisco, California, from 1912 to 1931 and served as California's governor until his 1934 death in office (The Politics of Truth 31). Wilson's mother's brothers jokingly referred to noted conservative Barry Goldwater as "a bit liberal" (31). Military service was also a strong part of his family history. Both of Wilson's grandfathers served in the two world wars, his paternal grandfather receiving both the British Distinguished Flying Cross and the French Croix de Guerre for his service in World War I (32). Wilson's father Joe was a Marine pilot in World War II and narrowly escaped death by taking off immediately before the bombing of the aircraft carrier USS Franklin, in which 700 other American servicemen died (31).
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