Joseph Charles Wilson IV was an American diplomat who was 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 leaking of information pertaining to the identity of his wife Valerie Plame as a CIA agent. He also served as the CEO of a consulting firm he founded, JC Wilson International Ventures, and as the vice chairman of Jarch Capital, LLC.
About Joseph C Wilson
Former U.S. diplomat who gained international attention with his 2003 op-ed piece in the New York Times, 'What I Didn't Find in Africa.' The piece detailed his trip to Niger, in which he investigated claims that Saddam Hussein had attempted to purchase yellowcake uranium with the intention of developing nuclear weapons.
He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1972 and worked as a carpenter for five years afterward.
In 2004, he published the memoir The Politics of Truth, in which he heavily criticized the administration of George W. Bush and the events which led to the outing of his CIA operative wife.
He married former United States CIA operations officer Valerie Plame in 1998. He was married twice previously.
He was portrayed by actor Sean Penn in the biographical drama Fair Game, released in 2010.
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