SANTA FE — Joe Wilson, a career diplomat who set off a political firestorm by publicly accusing the George W. Bush administration of exaggerating the nuclear weapons threat in Iraq, has died at age 69 in Santa Fe.
Valerie Plame, Wilson’s ex-wife, who was outed as an undercover CIA operative after Wilson challenged the Bush Iraq narrative, posted Friday on Facebook: “It is with deep sadness that I share with you the passing of an American hero — Ambassador Joe Wilson.
“He had the heart of a lion. He was the father of four beautiful children and I wish him nothing but peace in his next journey.”
In a subsequent statement, she added: “As a patriot, Joe had the courage to write an Op Ed that told the truth about the justification for the Iraq war because he knew that with the privilege of citizenship comes great responsibility.
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