Skip to comments.WASH POST's Ben Bradlee Claims Plame Leaker Was Richard Armitage
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.'"
Yeah...but..but...Cheney TOLD him to...
ooooooooooooooh..the MODERATE Armitage????????????????? ooooooooooooooooooooooh.................what did Colin Powell know and when did he know it??? LOL.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
I knew I was gonna do that sooner or later! :-)
Well, that would certainly be good for the administration....
but what would be Armitage's motive?
Good question. To make the admin look bad? Or maybe he simply let it slip without any significant reason?
For those following this story at all, this is very old news.
I'm not doubting you, but do you have a link to an old story about this?
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...
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?
Nov. 28, 2005 issue ...
So who is Novak's sourceand Woodward's sourceand 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.
Few too many weasel words in there to justify the headline.
Where's the email?
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.
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.
Thanks. So is Scooter being railroaded, or is he an ADDITIONAL leaker?
I and some other freepers thought that it was Armitage many months ago. We shall see.
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.
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.
Thanks, good article.
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
|"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.
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.
Yes, although it would be nice if the press had more than that before coming to conclusions.
"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.
I wonder if Scooter would have a chance at winning a lawsuit for harassment. :P
"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.
FACTS or shut up.
Or more percisely, when the results of the premature ending came to fruition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ben Bradlee is a senile old fart who's trying to recapture the glory days of Watergate.
I still say it was Rove in a rubber mask. Like the one he used for Osama...