CNN LIVE EVENT/SPECIAL
Joseph Wilson Holds Media Availability
Aired October 5, 2003 - 09:25 ET
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JOSEPH WILSON, FORMER AMBASSADOR: ... I mean, I think that ultimately the questions that are asked are not of Joe Wilson, who brought back a report, which is one of many that happened to be...
KELLI ARENA, CNN ANCHOR: Right. Right. I know, I know. I know who he is.
WILSON: Something that could not be unsubstantiated in the present State of the Union address. And then why would somebody...
ARENA: This is former Ambassador Joe Wilson talking outside after conducting a television interview. This is the man whose wife's name was revealed to the press.
WILSON: Why would somebody find it in their interest to betray a national security asset? And, of Mr. Novak, of course, what did it add to the story, because if you read the story it didn't seem to add anything to the story.
And finally, what part of no didn't Mr. Novak understand? We're not talking about information here. We're talking about people and people's lives. What part of no didn't Mr. Novak understand? Thank you.
ARENA: Of course the former ambassador talked -- of course, the former ambassador talking about Bob Novak's column in which he revealed his wife's name. And Mr. Novak has said that the CIA told him that they would rather he not do that.
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