In June 2003, prior to Wilson's moment in the sun, W. Pincus published the first report regarding the tea-drinking ambassador's trip
the CIA in early February 2002 dispatched a retired U.S. ambassador to the country to investigate the claims, according to the senior U.S. officials and the former government official, who is familiar with the event. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity and on condition that the name of the former ambassador not be disclosed.
Thus the questions are:
Who were "The Sources" that leaked this information to Pincus?
Was this information considered classified at the time and if so was there any law broken?
If this report was already public, why did Wilson feel the need to go public in his own name, thus putting his wife's cover at risk as described below?