In early October of 2003, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence announced it would hold hearings on the leak. The investigative body was formed after the 1975 Watergate scandal, and oversees the entire U.S. intelligence community. Plame testified before four Senatorstwo for each partyand recounted her involvement in her husband's trip to Niger.
Many media outlets picked up the SSCI report and ran with it.
The Washington Post reported "Plame's Input is Cited on Niger MissionReport Disputes Wilson's Claims on Trip, Wife's Role."
The Wall Street Journal's editorial page excoriated Wilson, using the SSCI report. The editorial was titled: "Mr. Wilson's Defense: Why the Plame Special Prosecutor Should Close Up Shop."
Wilson, in turn, released his book, The Politics of Truth, which talked about the Plame scandal and the leak, as well as his long career in foreign affairs.
During the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Wilson learned that a mass fax had gone out to all the reporters about the SSCI report, excoriating him.