Ambassador Joe Wilson, 69, of Santa Fe died today.
He was an American 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 leaking by the Bush administration of information pertaining to the identity of his then wife Valerie Plame as a CIA agent.
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today on the passing of Ambassador Wilson:
“Jill and I extend our deepest sympathies to Ambassador Wilson’s family, friends, and loved ones. Ambassador Wilson was a true public servant and statesman who stood up for his country with courage and dignity. His service to our country will live on and inspire others to serve with the same honor and purpose that he carried forward throughout his life.”
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement:
“Joe Wilson was a dear friend and a true statesman dedicated to serving our country at home and abroad. My thoughts are with his family as they mourn Joe’s passing and we honor his incredible legacy of public service.”
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement: