PlameGate Conspiracy Bites the Dust

The countless accusations and conspiracies surrounding the Valerie Plame incident have, once again, been proven moronic on the part of the opposition party. According to the new book out by Michael Isikoff and David Corn (by no means conservative) the outing of Plame’s status came not from Karl Rove or President Bush but was accidentally mentioned to former CNN analyst, Robert Novak by then Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. And it is important to note that Mr. Armitage is an opponent of the Iraq war, including some key parts of the Bush Foreign policy.

Armitage had been at home reading the newspaper and had come across a column by journalist Robert Novak. Months earlier, Novak had caused a huge stir when he revealed that Valerie Plame, wife of Iraq-war critic Joseph Wilson, was a CIA officer. Ever since, Washington had been trying to find out who leaked the information to Novak. The columnist himself had kept quiet. But now, in a second column, Novak provided a tantalizing clue: his primary source, he wrote, was a “senior administration official” who was “not a partisan gunslinger.” Armitage was shaken. After reading the column, he knew immediately who the leaker was. On the phone with Powell that morning, Armitage was “in deep distress,” says a source directly familiar with the conversation who asked not to be identified because of legal sensitivities. “I’m sure he’s talking about me.”

Armitage’s admission led to a flurry of anxious phone calls and meetings that day at the State Department. (Days earlier, the Justice Department had launched a criminal investigation into the Plame leak after the CIA informed officials there that she was an undercover officer.) Within hours, William Howard Taft IV, the State Department’s legal adviser, notified a senior Justice official that Armitage had information relevant to the case. The next day, a team of FBI agents and Justice prosecutors investigating the leak questioned the deputy secretary. Armitage acknowledged that he had passed along to Novak information contained in a classified State Department memo: that Wilson’s wife worked on weapons-of-mass-destruction issues at the CIA. (The memo made no reference to her undercover status.) Armitage had met with Novak in his State Department office on July 8, 2003—just days before Novak published his first piece identifying Plame. Powell, Armitage and Taft, the only three officials at the State Department who knew the story, never breathed a word of it publicly and Armitage’s role remained secret.
Let’s Review: Dick Cheney had nothing to do with it. Karl Rove had nothing to do with it. President Bush had nothing to do with it. The Fitzgerald investigation has yielded no damning evidence because it doesn’t exist. The shameless whining from the left looks to be, as always, in vain. And the Democrats contradictory support for the outing of top secret programs by the likes of the New York Times looks a lot more hypocritical now then it did yesterday.
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