LEAKGATE: Armitage is
being used as a “patsy”?
Source of C.I.A. Leak
Said to Admit Role
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.
Richard L. Armitage,
a former deputy secretary of state,
testifying to the 9/11 Commission in
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,
Valerie Wilson as a Central Intelligence Agency
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
In the accounts by the lawyer and associates, Mr.
Armitage disclosed casually 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.
Mr. Grossman had taken up the task of finding out
about Ms. Wilson after an inquiry from
I. Lewis Libby Jr., chief of staff to Vice
Dick Cheney. Mr. Libby’s inquiry was prompted by
an Op-Ed article on May 6, 2003, in The New York
Times by Nicholas D. Kristof and an article on June
12, 2003, in The Washington Post by Walter Pincus.
The two articles reported on a trip by a former
ambassador to Africa sponsored by the C.I.A. to
check reports that Iraq was seeking enriched uranium
to help with its nuclear arms program.
Neither article identified the ambassador, but it
was known inside the government that he was
Joseph C. Wilson IV, Ms. Wilson’s husband. White
House officials wanted to know how much of a role
she had in selecting him for the assignment.
Ms. Wilson was a covert employee, and after Mr.
Novak printed her identity, the agency requested an
investigation to see whether her name had been
Some administration critics said her name had
been made public in a campaign to punish Mr. Wilson,
who had written in a commentary in The Times that
his investigation in Africa led him to believe that
the Bush administration had twisted intelligence to
justify an attack on Iraq.
The complaints after Mr. Novak’s column led to
the appointment of a special prosecutor to
investigate the disclosure of Ms. Wilson’s identity.
The special prosecutor,
Patrick J. Fitzgerald, did not bring charges in
connection with laws that prohibit the willful
disclosure of the identity of an C.I.A. officer. But
Mr. Fitzgerald did indict Mr. Libby on charges of
perjury and obstruction of justice, saying Mr. Libby
had testified untruthfully to a grand jury and
federal agents when he said he learned about Ms.
Wilson’s role at the agency from reporters rather
than from several officials, including Mr. Cheney.
According to an account in a coming book,
“Hubris, the Inside Story of Spin, Scandal and the
Selling of the Iraq War’’ by Michael Isikoff and
David Corn, excerpts of which appeared in Newsweek
this week, Mr. Armitage told a few State Department
colleagues that he might have been the leaker whose
identity was being sought.
The book says Mr. Armitage realized that when Mr.
Novak published a second column in October 2003 that
said his source had been an official who was “not a
The Justice Department was quickly informed, and
Mr. Armitage disclosed his talks with Mr. Novak in
subsequent interviews with the
Federal Bureau of Investigation, even before Mr.
The book quotes Carl W. Ford Jr., then head of
the intelligence and research bureau at the State
Department, as saying that Mr. Armitage had told
him, “I may be the guy who caused this whole
thing,’’ and that he regretted having told the
columnist more than he should have.
Mr. Grossman’s memorandum did not mention that
Ms. Wilson had undercover status.
Apart from Mr. Ford, as quoted in the book, the
lawyer and colleagues of Mr. Armitage who discussed
the case have spoken insisting on anonymity,
apparently because Mr. Armitage was still not
comfortable with the public acknowledgment of his
He was also the source for another journalist
about Ms. Wilson, a reporter who did not write about
her. The lawyers and associates said Mr. Armitage
also told Bob Woodward, assistant managing editor of
The Washington Post and a well-known author, of her
identity in June 2003.
Mr. Woodward was a late player in the legal drama
when he disclosed last November that he had the
received the information and testified to a grand
jury about it after learning that his source had
disclosed the conversation to prosecutors.
Agent's cover 'was blown by gossip'
By Tim Reid in Washington
THE leak of information about an undercover CIA official that triggered a
special prosecutor’s investigation was an inadvertent piece of gossip from
Richard Armitage, the former Deputy Secretary of State, it emerged this
week, undermining claims that the agent was maliciously “outed” by the White
The revelation that Mr Armitage, a critic of the Administration’s
neoconservatives, was the official who first exposed Valerie Plame makes it
harder for opponents of President Bush to claim that her unmasking was part
of a White House conspiracy against her husband, a high-profile critic of
the Iraq war.
Former colleagues of Mr Armitage, briefing anonymously, confirmed claims
made in a forthcoming book that he had been the source of the 2003 leak, but
had passed on the information to the conservative columnist Robert Novak “in
an offhand manner, virtually as gossip”, according to one report.
Ms Plame is the wife of Joseph Wilson, a former diplomat. He wrote in July
2003 that the Administration had exaggerated claims about Iraq’s weapons to
justify the invasion. He based his allegations on a trip that he had made to
Niger to investigate whether Saddam Hussein had sought uranium there.
Soon afterwards Mr Novak revealed that Mr Wilson was married to Ms Plame, a
CIA operative. He suggested correctly that it was she who had recommended
her husband for the Niger trip.
Colleagues of Mr Armitage, who had grave misgivings about the war, say that
he had no idea that Ms Plame’s CIA status was classified when he mentioned
her to Mr Novak.
Who told ARMITAGE???
Saturday :: May 20, 2006
On Richard Armitage and Plame Investigation
The New York Daily News reports today that former Deputy
Secretary of State Richard Armitage
may be a key witness for the Government
in the case
against Scooter Libby and may have incriminating evidence
against Karl Rove.
The Powell-Armitage-Wilkerson Cabal
The American Thinker ^ | 8/30/06 | Ed Lasky
Posted on 08/30/2006 1:02:09 PM PDT by
the Real fifi
Draw your own conclusions from the fact that Armitage’s best friend Colin
Powell called Dick Cheney’s supporters (including Scooter Libby, Doug Feith
and Paul Wolfowitz) the “Gestapo Office” (quite insulting considering that
there is a history of relatives lost in the Holocaust among them).
Factor in that Powell called Doug Feith “a card-carrying member of the
Likud Party” and referred to the Likudnicks in the White House controlling
policy during his “exit interview with Bush” (see Assassin’s Gate: America
in Iraq) – thereby showing his support for anti-Semitic conspiracy
(Excerpt) Read more at
Think it was
Armitage...as the CONFIRMING source, only?
Perhaps as one of two or THREE confirming sources. But make no mistake, this
shit originated at Sixteen Hundred Penn...and Novak KNOWS it. Odds are good
Novak heard it FIRST from Libby, and went elsewhere for more juice. It's
probably why Libby is in such deep shit. There had to be a BOLD lie up in
Remember the phone call from Tweety to Wilson? "Karl Rove says your wife is
fair game." Matt Cooper and Kkkarl???
Please allow me the luxury of a repost
on this one.
It amazes me that the press and the reading public continue to accept one
after another admission of <oops!> innocent, idle “gossip” which “just
happened” to be about the same low level CIA agent, and all “coincidentally”
occured within a one to two week timeframe and <wink wink> just managed to
get to as many as SIX different reporters!
C’mon...how much evidence do we need to conclude that this was a coordinated
campaign? And Cheney - he...SHAZAYUM”...looks under his desk and finds...GLORYOSKY!...a
copy of the Sunday Times with Wilson’s op ed article and his ruminating
handwritten notes about whether a trip to Niger is a boondoggle. Are you
kidding, Dickie? Do you know what Niger is like? You think that’s second
choice to Palm Springs?
Please understand who these people are. They are greedy, imperialistic
warmongers who lusted for the war in Iraq long before 911. They ginned the
intel to make their case - all LYING to the American people in doing so, and
they have spent the last four years covering their tracks. Outing Valerie
Plame was a warning to the intel and diplomatic corps - “Fuck with us and
you get fucked.” After all, you can’t give EVERYONE the Medal of Freedom,
like they did George Tenet, to buy his silence.
Think I’m wrong about Dick Armitage being a Cheney stooge? Well, as I wrote
in my last post on this subject, do the research.
Take a look at the website for the Project for the New American Century ("PNAC")
- http://www.newamericancentury.org. Then look at the “Letters/Statements”
section. Then check out the 1998 letter to President Clinton. This letter
has been discussed at some length in the blogosphere (i.e. why should we
believe it was 911 that motivated this crowd to attack Iraq when they were
lusting to do so in 1998?). But the signers have not. Look at the signators
of the letter.
There’s Dick Armitage. And also the following people, listed with their
positions in the first Bush administration:
Elliott Abrams - Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for
Democracy, Human Rights and International Operations
John Bolton - Under Secretary of State, Arms Control and International
Security (now you-know-who)
Paula Dobriansky - Under Secretary of State, Global Affairs
Francis Fukuyama - Member, President’s Council on Bioethics
Zalmay Khalilzad – US Ambassador to Afghanistan, headed the Bush-Cheney
transition team for the Defense Department in 2000 and has been a Counselor
to Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld.
Richard Perle – Member and former chairman of the Defense Policy Board
Peter W. Rodman - Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security
Donald Rumsfeld – Secretary of Defense
William Schneider, Jr. - Chairman of the Defense Science Board
Paul Wolfowitz – Deputy Secretary of Defense
R. James Woolsey – Member of the Policy Advisory Board to the Secretary of
Robert Zoellick - U.S. Trade Representative, member of President Bush’s
The administration is crawling with PNAC people, including Mr. Armitage.
So...what’s this got to do with Cheney? After all, he didn’t sign the
Oh...just this. Cheney is a cofounder of PNAC.
It’s so sad that this administration is so emboldened by the fecklessness
demonstrated by the press in the runup to the war, and the sad, uninformed
nature of our voting public (more knowing the names of the Three Stooges
than two of our USSC judges) that they think...no, KNOW...that they can get
away with this charade.
Latest in the CIA Leak case: Another Shoe
Drops on Armitage
Written by Biloxi
Mittwoch, 23 August 2006
Here is the latest spin from the media: Then Deputy Secretary of State
Richard Armitage met with reporter Bob Woodward in mid-June 2003, the same
time Woodward had testified an "administration official" discussed CIA
employee Valerie Plame with him. Once again, the media is a year late and
dollar short on this news. Jason Leopold from Truthout.org beat everyone to
the scoop of this story.
According to Jason's article from November 22, 2005, reporter Bob Woodward
"made a stunning announcement when he revealed that he was told about Plame
Wilson in mid-June 2003 by ‘current or former administration officials" in a
interview on CNN's Larry King Live on November 21, 2005. After watching
Special Prosecutor Pat Fitzgerald's news conference on October 28, 2003,
"I went, 'Whoa' because I knew I'd learned about this mid-June, a week, 10
days before. I then went into incredibly aggressive reporting mode and
called the source the beginning of the week."
According to Woodward, his source told him at least three times that "he had
to go to the prosecutor." Woodward narrowed the date of his conversation
with the unnamed administration official to between June 13 and June 16,
2003. According to Jason, "the list of suspects can be easily boiled down to
two: National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and former Deputy Secretary of
State, Richard Armitage."
According to a person familiar with the information prosecutors gathered,
Woodward's meeting with his unidentified source was June 13, 2003. So, we
know that Armitage was Woodward's source. Stephen Hadley was rumored in
several newspapers as being Woodward's source. We know that reporters always
have to have at least two sources. If Armitage was Woodward's source, then
who was Woodward's other source? That remains a mystery.
Armitage and Woodward's meeting centered on the events of June 10, 2003. On
this date, the head of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) in the
State Department, Carl Ford, drafted a classified State Department memo
containing information about Valerie Plame for Undersecretary of State Marc
Grossman. This memo was sent to Scooter Libby. The memo "identified Plame's
married name as Valerie Wilson which was listed in the second paragraph of
the three-page memo." It was marked "SNF" for secret, non-foreign.
Two days after the INR memo was sent to Libby (June12, 2003), Walter Pincus
published the story of Wilson's Niger trip and questions that raised doubts
about documents showing an attempt by Iraq to purchase uranium from Niger.
The INR shared their doubts about the authenticity of the Niger documents
with Powell and Armitage.
The best question is why Armitage talked to Woodward. According to Woodward,
he thought that the information about Plame Wilson was passed along to him
in a "casual" matter by his source while he was doing research for his book,
Plan to Attack.
Woodward said that most likely "if Armitage told me anything, it would have
been something along the lines of how the agency disagreed with the
administration's intelligence on Iraq and the infighting that took place
behind the scenes." And would Armitage give confidential information
regarding intelligence to a reporter?
Woodward leaves a lot of holes in his story. According to Armitage's
calendar, he met with Woodward from 2:00-3:00 for a "private appointment."
It certainly doesn't sound like the meeting was a "casual matter." According
to the Washington Post, Woodward answered questions from Fitzgerald under
oath for more than two hours on Nov. 14, 2005.
In a more than two-hour deposition, Woodward told Fitzgerald that the
"unnamed official casually told me in mid-June 2003 that Plame worked as a
CIA analyst on weapons of mass destruction, and that he did not believe the
information to be classified or sensitive."
Yet, Fitzgerald interviewed Woodward about a "previously undisclosed
conversation after the unnamed official alerted the prosecutor to it on Nov.
3, 2005 -- one week after Libby, was indicted in the investigation. " As far
as Armitage, he discussed a classified covert identity with a reporter. He
did warn Woodward to do the right thing and go to the prosecutor. But
Woodward did not heed to the warnings.
Armitage came clean with the prosecutor after Fitzgerald's press conference,
but Woodward suffered the consequences for not coming forward soon. Both
paid a price for their failures. Because Armitage's name has now been
revealed as Woodward's source, the Wilsons are now considering suing
Armitage in their civil lawsuit case. Heldi Sloan, Wilsons' attorney, said
that based on Armitage's calendar entry, "it sure sounds like he was
Sloan said that her real concern is whether "Armitage revealed Plame's
identity to columnist Robert Novak, who was first to get the information
into print." Also, Sloan said that this new information about Armitage
doesn't let Libby and the others off the hook on the civil case but "it
The Wilsons' attorneys plan depositions from Libby, Rove, Cheney, and the 10
unnamed government officials, including Armitage. Armitage, Woodward, and
the individuals named in the Wilsons lawsuit really paid a huge price for
their silence and not holding themselves accountable in the leak case. It is
too little too late.
Posted August 22, 2006 09:53 PM
Threatens To Sue Fmr. Deputy Secretary Of State Armitage…
Plame Considering Suing
Aug 22, 6:47 PM (ET)
By MATT APUZZO
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former CIA officer Valerie Plame is considering
suing the recent No. 2 State Department official in a case accusing
members of the Bush administration of conspiring to leak her
identity to the media, Plame's attorney said Tuesday.
Official State Department calendars, provided to The Associated
Press under the Freedom of Information Act, show then-Deputy
Secretary of State Richard Armitage held a one-hour meeting marked
"private appointment" with Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward on
June 13, 2003.
That was the same day Woodward met with a confidential source who
spoke to him about Plame, according to a person familiar with
information gathered by prosecutors. The person spoke only on
condition of anonymity because the material remains sealed.
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has investigated whether Bush
administration officials intentionally revealed Plame's identity as
a one-time CIA covert official. Nobody has been charged with the
leak but former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby has been
accused of lying to investigators and to a grand jury.
Plame has sued Vice President Dick Cheney, White House aide Karl
Rove and Libby, saying they leaked her name to punish her husband,
former ambassador Joseph Wilson, for criticizing the
administration's march to war with Iraq.
The calendar released to the AP is the first confirmation that
Woodward and Armitage met during the key time in the CIA leak case.
Plame attorney Melanie Sloan said she was considering adding
Armitage's name to the suit. Based on the calendar entry, Sloan
said, "it sure sounds like" he was Woodward's source.
The real question, Sloan said, is whether Armitage revealed Plame's
identity to columnist Robert Novak, who was the first to get the
information into print. If so, she said that doesn't get Libby or
others off the hook in the civil case, but it widens the conspiracy.
"Then I think maybe Armitage was in on it," Sloan said. "The
question is just what was Armitage's role?"
Neither Woodward nor Armitage would discuss the meeting.
Plame's attorneys plan to seek depositions from the defendants and
others, including Armitage, about the leak.
Richard Armitage Will NOT Be Indicted
May 19, 2006
Bobby Ray Inman's claims are
"BS", claimed one very prominent Washington insider after reading
report on Inman's claim that Richard Armitage would be indicted
in the Valerie Plame Wilson outing probe.
Another well-placed insider who has interacted directly with many of
the key personalities involved in the investigation wrote this to
I'm sure Inman is wrong on Armitage. But I am also sure we'll hear
more about Armitage's direct involvement. I am additionally sure we
will hear about Armitage as a witness against Rove if he is
Another person whom I can't identify but has direct knowledge of the
direction of Fitzgerald's investigation as it pertains to Armitage
and Rove stated that what Inman claims "is not the case". This
source offered further that one "would be on 100 percent solid
ground" with the claim that Armitage would NOT be indicted.
I can't disclose this source, but I completely trust the veracity of
That said, I have learned from several other sources that Richard
Armitage was neck deep in the Valerie Plame story. According to
several insiders, as soon as Armitage realized mistakes he had made,
he marched into Colin Powell and laid out "everything" in full
As others have written and reported, Richard Armitage is a major
part of the story and engaged in indiscreet discussions regarding
Valerie Plame Wilson and her alleged role in the Joe Wilson trip to
However, unlike what Admiral Inman asserted, Richard Armitage is in
no legal jeopardy -- none.
Two sources have reported that Richard Armitage has testified three
times before the grand jury and has completely cooperated and has
been, as one source reported, "a complete straight-shooter" and
"honest about his role and mistakes".
Another person with deep knowledge about this investigation called
to say that Fitzgerald seems to have abandoned any interest in
securing indictments regarding the "outing" of Plame and has
invested his efforts in challenging the "white collar cover-ups"
involved. According to this source, the information provided by
Richard Armitage is -- more than any other information -- what has
put Karl Rove at major risk of indictment.
I felt that these other insider perspectives are important as they
are so uniformly consistent that Inman's claims are wrong, that
Armitage made mistakes and immediately owned up to them, that
Armitage has been completely forthcoming in the investigation, and
that Karl Rove remains a prime indictment target for Patrick
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