Armitage, through lawyers, confirms his role in pLamegate

Posted by: ST on August 30, 2006 at 11:36 am

Well whadda ya know:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 — Richard L. Armitage, a former deputy secretary of state, has acknowledged that he was the person whose conversation with a columnist in 2003 prompted a long, politically laden criminal investigation in what became known as the C.I.A. leak case, a lawyer involved in the case said on Tuesday.

Mr. Armitage did not return calls for comment. But the lawyer and other associates of Mr. Armitage have said he has confirmed that he was the initial and primary source for the columnist, Robert D. Novak, whose column of July 14, 2003, identified Valerie Wilson as a Central Intelligence Agency officer.

The identification of Mr. Armitage as the original leaker to Mr. Novak ends what has been a tantalizing mystery. In recent months, however, Mr. Armitage’s role had become clear to many, and it was recently reported by Newsweek magazine and The Washington Post.

In the accounts by the lawyer and associates, Mr. Armitage disclosed casually [emphasis added by ST] to Mr. Novak that Ms. Wilson worked for the C.I.A. at the end of an interview in his State Department office. Mr. Armitage knew that, the accounts continue, because he had seen a written memorandum by Under Secretary of State Marc Grossman.

Are you listening, Joe? What say ye in response?

Read more via Tom Maguire, who dissects the NYTimes piece.

Cassandra has a nice write up on all this as well.

Related: The Investor’s Business Daily Journal asks: Did Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald Lie?


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9 Responses to “Armitage, through lawyers, confirms his role in pLamegate”


  1. NC Cop says:

    Hmmmm, let me take a guess at this one. Joe will come back and say “He’s just covering for Bush!!!”

  2. Drewsmom says:

    I can’t beleive the idiot just sat there and let this whole mess play out … Libby should be released from any part of this lie, and the dem moonbats should be apologizing, but I won’t hold my breath, I’m too young to die.:-w:-?

  3. CavalierX says:

    The entire Plamegate saga is about to vanish down the memory hole. By next year, all anyone will remember is a vague certainty that Bush/Rove/Cheney/some guy named “Scooter” did something very bad to someone.

  4. Lorica says:

    Hello??? Paging Joe Wilson. Hello Joe?? You There??? Ohhh guess you have nothing to say now that you know you are wrong.

    Could this be yet another Paul Wellstone Memorial moment?? I think so. We need to remind everyone about these types of things the closer we get to November. – Lorica

  5. Marshall Art says:

    Chris Hitchens was discussing this with Dennis Prager today. Caught the tail end and judging by that, I missed a very informative discussion. Suffice to say, Hitch’s been on this and there’s a ton of apologies that we’re not likely to hear.

  6. Lorica says:

    I don’t really expect an apology. These guys are too clueless to come clean. They have been caught red handing in a reactionary conspiracy theory, and they are just too dumb to stop and smell the roses, and tell the American People they were wrong, and they apologize to the President, his staff, and the rest of the people for wasting our time. – Lorica

  7. Ken Berwitz says:

    So it turns out that Rove, Cheney and Bush not only didn’t leak this so-called undercover agent’s name, but one of Colin Powell’s people did. Therefore venues like the Today show and the NY times, which have spent three years attacking them (especially Rove) for it were dead wrong.

    Today, to my knowledge, has still not so much as REPORTED that Armitage is the leaker, let alone given administration officials a chance to say something about it. The victims who watch that show for news, therefore, don’t even know about Armitage. And the NY times, after countless editorials and columns condemning the administration about “plamegate” put it on page A12 (left-side page, the least read side).

    Then they wonder why people run, don’t walk, to get other news sources?!!

    I laugh at this kind of media bias throughout my new book, “The Hopelessly Partisan Guide To American Politics”, which I co-wrote with Barry Sinrod, who doesn’t think it exists at all. What do YOU think?

  8. sanity says:

    Putting the blame where it belongs, the Washington Post nails Wilson’s hide to the wall.

    Nevertheless, it now appears that the person most responsible for the end of Ms. Plame’s CIA career is Mr. Wilson. Mr. Wilson chose to go public with an explosive charge, claiming — falsely, as it turned out — that he had debunked reports of Iraqi uranium-shopping in Niger and that his report had circulated to senior administration officials. He ought to have expected that both those officials and journalists such as Mr. Novak would ask why a retired ambassador would have been sent on such a mission and that the answer would point to his wife. He diverted responsibility from himself and his false charges by claiming that President Bush’s closest aides had engaged in an illegal conspiracy. It’s unfortunate that so many people took him seriously.