Ambassador Wilson at Willamette University

Former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IVFormer Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, author of "The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity" and "What I Didn't Find in Africa," a book that accuses the Bush administration of manipulating intelligence about Saddam Hussein's weapons programs to justify an invasion of Iraq, will speak at Willamette University, Wednesday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. The title of his talk is "Speaking Truth to Power: The War in Iraq and the WMD Lie."

Wilson will also take questions from the audience after his presentation and will be available for book signing. The event is sponsored by the Willamette University Events Board and the Office of the President.

With a Willamette ID, the first ticket is free and subsequent tickets are $5 beginning March 27. Tickets for the general public are $5 beginning March 29. Tickets are available at the Information Desk in University Center.

Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council from June 1997 until July 1998, Wilson was responsible for the coordination of U.S. policy to the 48 countries of sub-Saharan Africa. He was one of the principal architects of President Clinton's historic trip to Africa in March 1998.

Wilson was a member of the U.S. Diplomatic Service from 1976 until 1998. His early assignments included Niamey, Niger; Lome, Togo; the State Department Bureau of African Affairs and Pretoria, South Africa.
From 1988 to 1991, Wilson served in Baghdad, Iraq, as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy. During "Desert Shield" he was the acting Ambassador and was responsible for the negotiations that resulted in the release of several hundred American hostages. He was the last official American to meet with Saddam Hussein before the launching of "Desert Storm."

Wilson graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1972. He is a graduate of the Senior Seminar (1972), the most advanced International Affairs training offered by the U.S. Government. He speaks fluent French.

He is married to the former undercover CIA operative, Valerie Plame, and has two sons and two daughters.

Please note: due to a scheduling conflict, Former Ambassador Joe Wilson will be unable to participate in the book signing noted above.