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WASH POST's Ben Bradlee Claims Plame Leaker Was Richard Armitage
The Drudge Report ^ | march 13, 2006 | Drudge

Posted on 03/13/2006 8:02:26 AM PST by blogblogginaway

WASH POST's Ben Bradlee Claims Plame Leaker Was Richard Armitage Mon Mar 13 2006 10:48:34 ET

THE WASHINGTON POST's famous Watergate editor Ben Bradlee claims that it was former State Department Deputy Secretary Richard Armitage who was the individual who leaked the identity of CIA official Valerie Plame.

In the latest issue of VANITY FAIR: "Woodward was in a tricky position. People close to him believe that he had learned about Plame from his friend Richard Armitage, Colin Powell's former deputy, who has been known to be critical of the administration and who has a blunt way of speaking. 'That Armitage is the likely source is a fair assumption,' former WASHINGTON POST editor Ben Bradlee said."

'I had heard about an e-mail that was sent that had a lot of unprintable language in it.'"

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: armitage; benbradlee; bradlee; cialeak; libby; plame; plamenameblamegame; richardarmitage
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1 posted on 03/13/2006 8:02:32 AM PST by blogblogginaway
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To: blogblogginaway

V-e-e-e-e-ry Interesting!!!!!


2 posted on 03/13/2006 8:05:19 AM PST by dinoparty
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To: blogblogginaway

Yeah...but..but...Cheney TOLD him to...


3 posted on 03/13/2006 8:05:28 AM PST by digger48
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To: blogblogginaway

ooooooooooooooh..the MODERATE Armitage????????????????? ooooooooooooooooooooooh.................what did Colin Powell know and when did he know it??? LOL.


4 posted on 03/13/2006 8:07:43 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: blogblogginaway

I heard a report on KSFO radio in San Franpsycho this morning that Valerie was listed on THE INTERNET as a CIA employee during that time!!!


5 posted on 03/13/2006 8:09:07 AM PST by SierraWasp (Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know man!!! (or especially Waspman!!!))
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To: blogblogginaway

I may be in a minority here but I simply don't care about this story. Is it me or is the MSM replaying more stories in the Bush Administration that, under Clinton, they'd have said were "old news" and moved on? Particularly katrina, which the MSM should be ashamed for distorting so blatantly this last go-round.


6 posted on 03/13/2006 8:09:07 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (No respect for conservatives? That's free speech. No respect for liberals? That's hate speech.)
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To: blogblogginaway

Ben Bradlee can sit on the identity of Deep Throat for how many years??? But in this case he hangs a source out to dry? What do these decisions have in common: they both disadvantage Republican administrations.


7 posted on 03/13/2006 8:09:11 AM PST by Tallguy (When it's a bet between reality and delusion, bet on reality -- Mark Steyn)
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To: blogblogginaway

If true, one of the following will happen:
1) The MSM will fail to mention that Armitage was a CRITIC and saboteur of the Administration for which he worked; OR
2) The leak story will silently go away without explanation.


8 posted on 03/13/2006 8:09:18 AM PST by dinoparty
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To: A Citizen Reporter; AliVeritas; alnick; AmericaUnited; Anti-Bubba182; arasina; BobS; Carolinamom; ..
Scotter ping
9 posted on 03/13/2006 8:10:13 AM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: Howlin

SCOOTER

I knew I was gonna do that sooner or later! :-)

10 posted on 03/13/2006 8:11:00 AM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: blogblogginaway

Well, that would certainly be good for the administration....

but what would be Armitage's motive?


11 posted on 03/13/2006 8:12:01 AM PST by gondramB (Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's.)
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To: gondramB

Good question. To make the admin look bad? Or maybe he simply let it slip without any significant reason?


12 posted on 03/13/2006 8:15:24 AM PST by dinoparty
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To: blogblogginaway

For those following this story at all, this is very old news.


13 posted on 03/13/2006 8:16:12 AM PST by putupjob
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To: gondramB
Who knows what Armitage's motive would have been. I don't believe Plame was 'undercover' in the first place therefore no 'outing' occurred.

The question is, if true, why hasn't Armitage come forward? Why didn't he come forward in the beginning?
14 posted on 03/13/2006 8:17:55 AM PST by blogblogginaway (..)
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To: putupjob

I'm not doubting you, but do you have a link to an old story about this?


15 posted on 03/13/2006 8:18:47 AM PST by dinoparty
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To: blogblogginaway

Yep....either him or Powell...it's been said for a while now....with quite a bit of material to back this up. It convinced me...


16 posted on 03/13/2006 8:19:55 AM PST by shield (The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instructions.Pr 1:7)
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To: dinoparty
"Good question. To make the admin look bad? Or maybe he simply let it slip without any significant reason?"

To make the admin look bad he would have had to also blame it on Libby or Rove. Slipping without reason seems more likely - and damn wouldn't that be ironic. Armitage has failed to damage the administration any other way and to accidentally cause this much harm would be amazing.

BTW, given Woodward's social circle and the way Plame socialized they could have just been at the same party...
17 posted on 03/13/2006 8:20:55 AM PST by gondramB (Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's.)
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To: blogblogginaway
an e-mail that was sent that had a lot of unprintable language in it..

Oooooh. Now would that be Armitage allegedly calling...

...never-a-NOC Valerie Plame a b_ _ _ _ and a w_ _ _ _?
...or Plame's hubbie, Joe Wilson, a lying b_ _ _ _ and a w_ _ _ _ ?

Or, more likely (given his 'moderate' track record), Armitage calling our president and vice president some, shall we say, unkind names?

18 posted on 03/13/2006 8:21:10 AM PST by shhrubbery! (Max Boot: Joe Wilson has sold more whoppers than Burger King)
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To: dinoparty

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10117465/site/newsweek/

Nov. 28, 2005 issue ...


So who is Novak's source—and Woodward's source—and why will his identity take the wind out of the brewing storm? One by one last week, a parade of current and former senior officials, including the CIA's George Tenet and national-security adviser Stephen Hadley, denied being the source. A conspicuous exception was former deputy secretary of State Richard Armitage, whose office would only say, "We're not commenting." He was one of a handful of top officials who had access to the information. He is an old source and friend of Woodward's, and he fits Novak's description of his source as "not a partisan gunslinger." Woodward has indicated that he knows the identity of Novak's source, which further suggests his source and Novak's were one and the same.


19 posted on 03/13/2006 8:22:55 AM PST by maggief (and the dessert cart rolls on ...)
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To: blogblogginaway
{"Who knows what Armitage's motive would have been. I don't believe Plame was 'undercover' in the first place therefore no 'outing' occurred.

The question is, if true, why hasn't Armitage come forward? Why didn't he come forward in the beginning?"

Well you can out something that is classified even if it's already known. If you and i invent something and it gets classified it can be illegal even for the two of us to talk about it.

Do we know if Armitage was even questioned by the FBI? Maybe he lied about disclosing Plame.. wouldn't that be a twist.
20 posted on 03/13/2006 8:23:17 AM PST by gondramB (Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's.)
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To: blogblogginaway

Few too many weasel words in there to justify the headline.


21 posted on 03/13/2006 8:24:11 AM PST by Caveman Lawyer (Cluckin' defiance)
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To: Howlin
'I had heard about an e-mail that was sent that had a lot of unprintable language in it.'"

Where's the email?

22 posted on 03/13/2006 8:24:49 AM PST by Mo1 ("Stupidity is also a gift from God, but it should not be abused." Pope John Paul II)
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To: blogblogginaway

What leaker?
Just heard on Tony Snow (who was very involved with covert operations) that Ms. Plame drove through the front gate at C.I.A. HQ every day when going to work. Mr. Snow pointed out that a covert agent NEVER, EVER, does that.


23 posted on 03/13/2006 8:24:59 AM PST by Straight8
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To: blogblogginaway
I strongly believe it could be Armitage.

IMO, Powell was becoming bitter long before he resigned and he is still bitter. I think he was either quietly asked to resign or he was being isolated with the key to his private washroom changed during one dark night. I don't think the President trusted him any more toward the end.

Whatever the history on this, I congratulate the freepers who were stating that Deep Throat 2 was Powell or one of his clones at State.

The State Department is still one pig trough of anti-administration, anti-America, anti-Israel and pro-Arab squealers and bitter-enders.

Leni

24 posted on 03/13/2006 8:27:25 AM PST by MinuteGal (Sail the Bounding Main to the Balmy, Palmy Caribbean on FReeps Ahoy 4. Register Now!)
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To: blogblogginaway
Ben "Gee, officer, I think they went thataway!" Bradlee?
25 posted on 03/13/2006 8:28:00 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: maggief

Thanks. So is Scooter being railroaded, or is he an ADDITIONAL leaker?


26 posted on 03/13/2006 8:29:13 AM PST by dinoparty
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To: blogblogginaway

I and some other freepers thought that it was Armitage many months ago. We shall see.


27 posted on 03/13/2006 8:31:32 AM PST by jveritas (Hate can never win elections.)
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To: Darkwolf377
I may be in a minority here but I simply don't care about this story.

You may not, but Scooter Libby does. I am sure the WH is also concerned since Fitzgerald is still investigating. This story has yet to play out.

28 posted on 03/13/2006 8:34:31 AM PST by kabar
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To: jveritas
Some Plame Truths
29 posted on 03/13/2006 8:36:58 AM PST by kabar
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To: blogblogginaway
It was a non-story to mention her regardless of who did it since Plame was not covert at the time.

I suspect Armitage needed no real motive in just mentioning her. It is likely he and Woodward were simply chit chatting about some of their most favorite anti-administration people of the time. Joe and Valerie were certainly A list for that. The less than honorable motives came after-wards when they attempted to hang the administration with the leak they probably perpetrated.
30 posted on 03/13/2006 8:39:06 AM PST by rod1
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To: gondramB
The article doesn't give us any data that would allow a deduction about his motive. It does, however,
indicate that Bob W. and Richard A. are friends and that does allow for a conclusion that they were simply
having an off the record conversation as all friends have.
31 posted on 03/13/2006 8:40:52 AM PST by HawaiianGecko (Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.)
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To: blogblogginaway
'That Armitage is the likely source is a fair assumption,' former WASHINGTON POST editor Ben Bradlee said."

Surely there is more than this. Of course Armitage is a likely source. That is a fair assumption. The same statement could apply to dozens of people in Washington. It is completely meaningless.

32 posted on 03/13/2006 8:43:22 AM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: kabar

Thanks, good article.


33 posted on 03/13/2006 8:44:59 AM PST by jveritas (Hate can never win elections.)
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To: Darkwolf377
I simply don't care about this story

Ditto that but..... (myself shouting with despair)

Will Woodward and Bernstein NEVER go away?.

Bradley too, wants his life time of "Warhols fame". He wants in on this act. Oh,I forgot, Warhol prophesied every one should have 15 minutes of fame. LOL

34 posted on 03/13/2006 8:47:32 AM PST by Peter Libra
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To: InterceptPoint
"People close to him believe that he had learned about Plame from his friend Richard Armitage." or
"That Armitage is the likely source is a fair assumption"
I agree with you. This whole article is meaningless.

I'm not entirely sure how either of those lines translate into Ben Bradley says it was Armitage. It may very well be true and Bradley is certainly in a position to know more than I am, but he didn't make any definitive statement here.

There are people that say President Bush is a criminal.  By making that statement, I certainly didn't proclaim that I believe such nonsense.


35 posted on 03/13/2006 8:47:40 AM PST by HawaiianGecko (Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.)
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To: blogblogginaway

LOL. Drudge sure is on top of things. This is an old story that was floated around last fall. The premise is Armitage and Woodward are old friends and were simply chatting when Armitage happened to mention her name. No malice intended (especially since he is a critic of the war). Much ado about nothing, as usual.


36 posted on 03/13/2006 8:48:23 AM PST by elc
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To: HawaiianGecko

Yes, although it would be nice if the press had more than that before coming to conclusions.


37 posted on 03/13/2006 8:48:36 AM PST by gondramB (Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's.)
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To: InterceptPoint

"Surely there is more than this. Of course Armitage is a likely source. That is a fair assumption. The same statement could apply to dozens of people in Washington. It is completely meaningless."

Yes, as apparently her job wasn't totally secret even if it was classified.


38 posted on 03/13/2006 8:49:45 AM PST by gondramB (Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's.)
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To: Howlin

I wonder if Scooter would have a chance at winning a lawsuit for harassment. :P


39 posted on 03/13/2006 8:53:02 AM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: Tallguy

"Ben Bradlee can sit on the identity of Deep Throat for how many years??? But in this case he hangs a source out to dry? What do these decisions have in common: they both disadvantage Republican administrations."


Sorry, but there's a big diffence between now and then, as far as Bradless's role.

In regard to Watergate, he had pledged confidentiality. Give the guy props for keeping his word all those years.

Now, he's just like us, a spectator and speculator. He can muse, quietly or out loud, about who did what without breaking any promises.

This is not Watergate, and to elevate this petty pseudo-scandal to that level is ridiculous. In fact, I'm tired of every interesting issue having a "gate" plastered on the end.


40 posted on 03/13/2006 8:55:59 AM PST by Jedidah
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To: blogblogginaway
Notice the weasel word, 'likely'.......and 'people believe'

FACTS or shut up.

41 posted on 03/13/2006 8:56:53 AM PST by OldFriend (HELL IS TOO GOOD FOR OUR MAINSTREAM MEDIA)
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To: MinuteGal
Powell's a victim of The Peter Principle. His public career should have ended with the premature endind of the first Gulf War.

Or more percisely, when the results of the premature ending came to fruition.

42 posted on 03/13/2006 8:59:03 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: blogblogginaway

When the REAL truth starts coming out, watch this story go poof! How can Patrick Fitzgerald be anything short of an incompetent boob? Common sense says you first produce rock-solid evidence that Plame was undercover or you have NO CRIME. Not only has Fitzgerald not done this, but he seems to think it won't even be an issue. He's banking on a plea agreement that he will never get.


43 posted on 03/13/2006 9:07:14 AM PST by Niteranger68 ("Only 4 out of 3 Democrats actually vote.")
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To: gondramB
The question is, if true, why hasn't Armitage come forward? Why didn't he come forward in the beginning?"

Because maybe there was something bigger going on?

Maybe Armitage (and Powell, and Tenet, and "others") had designs that had all to do with embarrassing the White House, generally, and Bush, specifically?

It's no secret that the tensions between the various "camps" within the administration. The "Cheney camp", the "Powell camp", the "Rumsfeld camp", blah, blah. The "eeeevil neo cons" vs. the "doves".

Unfortunately, our game should be focused on 1 thing: kill our enemies.

Unfortunately, our real enemies are here at home.

They are the liberals that run around deconstructing our society at every chance they get. They are the willing accomplices in the press. They are the illegal aliens that are rotting this country from the inside out. They are those that indulge in the social malaise and suckle off of the government teat and continue to pump more children out by the truckload.

Yeah, we need to kill the sons-a-bitches that would seek mass destruction on our societies, but it might be a good idea to address these other issues first.

Instead, we get some BS political games between different "camps". It's a friggin' joke.

44 posted on 03/13/2006 9:14:27 AM PST by mattdono (The New 'Rat math: 0.0000017% = Vast Wiretapping of "Americans" Riiiggghhhhtttt...)
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To: Peter Libra
Will Woodward and Bernstein NEVER go away?.

No, because the true beat journalist is gone, replaced in the budding journalist's pantheon by The Op-Ed Writer. They'd rather thrust their deeply-held beliefs in front of a captive audience than report on the ACTIONS of others.

45 posted on 03/13/2006 9:16:23 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (No respect for conservatives? That's free speech. No respect for liberals? That's hate speech.)
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To: mattdono
"Maybe Armitage (and Powell, and Tenet, and "others") had designs that had all to do with embarrassing the White House, generally, and Bush, specifically?"

I don't think there is any doubt that Armitage would like to embarrass the President... but how would outing Plame do that - How would he have guessed that Libby would allegedly lie in the investigation?
46 posted on 03/13/2006 9:17:23 AM PST by gondramB (Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's.)
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To: blogblogginaway

This is not really news. That was a foregone conclusion when Woodward came forward. All one had to do was to read Woodward's book to know this. Armitage is, as was stated, a blunt speaker. And he and Powell were joined at the hip anyway.

But he is in no legal jeopardy because Plame was not a covert agent. A "non-story" story.


47 posted on 03/13/2006 9:25:42 AM PST by RichardW
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To: blogblogginaway

The WaPo's possibly famous Watergate editor and possible journalist Ben Bradlee claims that it was former State Department Deputy Secretary Richard Armitage who was the individual who leaked the identity of CIA official Valerie Plame.

The whole point is that Valerie was supposed to be NONofficial. WaPo hasn't got a clue.


48 posted on 03/13/2006 9:26:48 AM PST by MilleniumBug (Pattycake, Pattycake, Wilson's the man...Bake me a yellowboy fast as you can.)
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To: blogblogginaway

Ben Bradlee is a senile old fart who's trying to recapture the glory days of Watergate.


49 posted on 03/13/2006 9:27:15 AM PST by Inspectorette
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To: blogblogginaway

I still say it was Rove in a rubber mask. Like the one he used for Osama...


50 posted on 03/13/2006 9:28:00 AM PST by Billthedrill
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