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CIA agent's naming led to giant hoax by Bush foes
The Australian ^ | 9-15-06 | Fred Barnes

Posted on 09/14/2006 7:12:55 PM PDT by MichiganMan

CIA agent's naming led to giant hoax by Bush foes

Fred Barnes

September 15, 2006

THE rogues' gallery of those who acted badly in the CIA "leak" case turns out to be different from what the media led us to expect. Note that we put the word "leak" in quotation marks, because it's clear now that there was no leak at all, just idle talk, and certainly there was no smear campaign against former US ambassador Joseph Wilson for criticising President George W.Bush's Iraq policy. It's as if a giant hoax were perpetrated on the country - by the media, by partisan opponents of the Bush administration, even by several Bush subordinates who betrayed the President and their White House colleagues. The hoax lingered for three years and is only now being fully exposed for what it was. Let's start at the top of the rogues' list:

Richard Armitage, the deputy secretary of state under Colin Powell, was the first to reveal that Wilson's wife was a CIA employee. He blabbed carelessly to Bob Woodward of The Washington Post, then to columnist Robert Novak, who mentioned it in a July 2003 column. Armitage, after admitting this to the FBI in October 2003, stood by silently year after year as Vice-President Dick Cheney, Cheney's chief of staff, Scooter Libby, Karl Rove and other White House officials were blamed for what he had done, and Bush suffered politically.

Loyalty is not Armitage's strong suit.

(Excerpt) Read more at theaustralian.news.com.au ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cialeak; colinpowell; d; fitzfong; fitzmas; fredbarnes; joewilson; lumpofcoal; patrickfitzgerald; plame; plamegate; powell; richardarmitage; robertnovak; yellowcake
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Fred Barnes knocks this out of the park.
1 posted on 09/14/2006 7:12:56 PM PDT by MichiganMan
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To: MichiganMan
And all Chissy Matthews and the rest of the DNC hacks pretending to be Journalists can do is stammer "oh the story is too complicated to cover now"

Way to go Mr Barnes. Nicely done.

2 posted on 09/14/2006 7:14:26 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (The Democrat Party. For those who value slogans over solutions.)
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To: MichiganMan
"Colin Powell, Bush's friend and secretary of state in the first Bush term, knew what Armitage had done and never let on. He met with Bush countless times as the White House was being pummelled in the media and by Democrats for outing a CIA agent to take revenge on her husband.

Bush called publicly for the leaker to be identified. Powell knew the identity, but remained silent. Some friend.

Disgraceful.

3 posted on 09/14/2006 7:17:07 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: MichiganMan
"Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor in the "leak" case, was aware of the source of Novak's story when he began his continuing investigation in December 2003. Yet finding that source was supposedly the object of his probe. Now working with a second grand jury, Fitzgerald surely knows the supposed conspiracy to defame Wilson is, and always was, a fantasy. Still he won't let go. Fitzgerald has proved once more why naming a special prosecutor is a colossal mistake.

Contemptible.

4 posted on 09/14/2006 7:18:37 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: MichiganMan
The Ashcroft Justice Department. Armitage brought his story to investigators after the CIA requested an investigation when the name of Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, appeared in Novak's column. So when the department decided weeks later to appoint a special prosecutor, it already knew who had "leaked" Plame's name. Then attorney-general John Ashcroft excused himself, leaving the decision to his deputy, James Comey.

Rather than face a torrent of partisan recriminations for dropping the case, Comey passed the buck to Fitzgerald. There were no profiles in courage at Justice.

Incredible.

5 posted on 09/14/2006 7:19:57 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: MNJohnnie

"Chissy Matthews and the rest of the DNC hacks pretending to be Journalists"

After so many media drivebys, their vehicle is breaking down. It will crash someday.


6 posted on 09/14/2006 7:20:31 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Leftists will never stand up like men and admit their true beliefs.)
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To: MichiganMan

We have to go to Australia to read the truth!?!?!


7 posted on 09/14/2006 7:21:47 PM PDT by killermosquito (Buffalo (and eventually France) is what you get when liberalism runs its course.)
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To: MichiganMan
Fred Barnes knocks this out of the park.

Almost.
It would have been out of the park home run if the headline hadn't referred to a middle level analyst as an "agent."

8 posted on 09/14/2006 7:22:06 PM PDT by ASA Vet (3.03)
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To: MichiganMan
If Republicans play this right, we may have to thank Joe Wilson for saving the Republican majority in Congress.
9 posted on 09/14/2006 7:22:07 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: reasonisfaith

their vehicle did break down, they just haven't got the brains to stop driving it!


10 posted on 09/14/2006 7:22:11 PM PDT by tina07 (In Memory of my Father - WWII Army Air Force Veteran)
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To: jwalsh07
I predict Powell will switch to the Democrat Party and get something for his time. I do not think he will run for President but I think he wants to but his wife is against it and I think she fears for his safety.
11 posted on 09/14/2006 7:22:58 PM PDT by gunnedah
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To: MNJohnnie

That's Prissy Matthews...


12 posted on 09/14/2006 7:23:12 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (New York Times? Get a rope!)
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To: MichiganMan

Posted on 09/14/2006 8:28:05 AM EDT by digger48


Your Sept. 12 editorial "Jack Bauer Insurance" was a disservice not to me or to fictional characters like Jack Bauer, but to the very real CIA agents whose commitment to the truth didn't fit the administration's neoconservative agenda on Iraq, and to agents endangered by reckless administration policies.

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Former CIA case officer Jim Marcinkowski argued the Valerie Plame leak hurt "the credibility of our case officers when they try to convince an overseas contact that their safety is of primary importance." Former CIA agent Larry Johnson, a registered Republican, said it "speaks volumes" that President Bush held no one accountable for the leak of an agent's identity. Forgotten is President George H.W. Bush's admonition that those who expose our agents are "the most insidious of traitors." CIA officers don't need Jack Bauer insurance--they need insurance against the recklessness of this administration


(Excerpt) Read more at opinionjournal.com ...


13 posted on 09/14/2006 7:24:29 PM PDT by digger48
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To: MichiganMan

Sorry....That was John Kerry's remarks in the WSJ today


14 posted on 09/14/2006 7:25:17 PM PDT by digger48
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To: MichiganMan
"..Bush called publicly for the leaker to be identified. Powell knew the identity, but remained silent. Some friend. .."

Powell does not not look good in this. As a matter of fact he looks like a duplicitous weasel. His halo has a tarnish.

"..What's left to do? Fitzgerald, in decency, should terminate his probe immediately. And he should abandon the perjury prosecution of Libby, the former Cheney aide. Libby's foggy memory was no worse than Armitage's.

Last but not least, a few apologies are called for, notably by Powell, but also by the press. A correction - perhaps the longest and most overdue in the history of journalism - is in order. .."

Neither thing will ever happen. Powell took revenge on Bush by letting the leak burn him and Fitzgerald operated the entire investigation to create a purjury trap, since the disclosure of Plame was no violation of law in the first place.

15 posted on 09/14/2006 7:25:55 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: gunnedah
...I think he wants to but his wife is against it and I think she fears for his safety.

Going back to a long time a go and an election season, Powell had rented the Reserve Officers Association building for his announcement and she talked him out of it. For the reasons you stated.

16 posted on 09/14/2006 7:26:03 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (New York Times? Get a rope!)
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To: MichiganMan

When this is a headline news report, told just as Barnes reports it, in prime time on national TV, then there will be hope in the world.

Oh yea, I won't hold my breath.


17 posted on 09/14/2006 7:26:31 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: MichiganMan

Exactly where is Patrick Fitzgerald? Why has no one in the media asked him to explain any of this?


18 posted on 09/14/2006 7:28:21 PM PDT by SuzyQue (Remember to think.)
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To: SuzyQue

The media (or FReepers) need to start a Fitz stakeout/smokeout seeking an explaination of his infamous press conference.


19 posted on 09/14/2006 7:30:57 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: MichiganMan
Richard Armitage, the deputy secretary of state under Colin Powell, was the first to reveal that Wilson's wife was a CIA employee. He blabbed carelessly to Bob Woodward of The Washington Post, then to columnist Robert Novak, who mentioned it in a July 2003 column.

Great summary. One thing, Armitage according to Novak did not blab carelessly to Novak, it was deliberate, he expected the "revelation" to be published. It was a deliberate betrayal by Armitage and Powell of the President. They then kept quite for years and watched the President twist in the wind while he dealt with two wars.

Regards
20 posted on 09/14/2006 7:30:57 PM PDT by ARE SOLE
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To: SuzyQue

Someone might consider a citizen's arrest of Patrick Fitzgerald.


21 posted on 09/14/2006 7:35:07 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Leftists will never stand up like men and admit their true beliefs.)
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To: MichiganMan
What's left to do? Fitzgerald, in decency, should terminate his probe immediately. And he should abandon the perjury prosecution of Libby, the former Cheney aide. Libby's foggy memory was no worse than Armitage's.

Last but not least, a few apologies are called for, notably by Powell, but also by the press. A correction - perhaps the longest and most overdue in the history of journalism - is in order.

Great summation!

22 posted on 09/14/2006 7:35:08 PM PDT by i_dont_chat (I have the right to offend. You can take offense or not.)
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To: ARE SOLE
It was a deliberate betrayal by Armitage and Powell of the President

I'll go ahead and say it. It was a plan by some dims in Congress, and Joe Wilson, and Armitage and maybe Powell to hurt the President with this. They risked national security to try to defeat Bush. We know the dims motivation. Powell and Armitage, Armitage adores Colin, and Powell wants to be President. Powell looked for a dim win in 04, and he knew the disaster that would be, and he figured he could ride into town as the savior in 08.

23 posted on 09/14/2006 7:35:56 PM PDT by feedback doctor (HATE - The core value of liberalism)
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To: Doctor Raoul
General Powell lost credibility when he urged President George H.W. Bush to end the first Gulf War after the "highway of death"... Another day or two and Saddam would have been toast at the hands of his own Generals. (of course 41 did not have to take Powell's advice either).
24 posted on 09/14/2006 7:37:46 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: SuzyQue
Exactly where is Patrick Fitzgerald? Why has no one in the media asked him to explain any of this?

An AP reporter tried a few days ago. Fitzie's office would not comment.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1698136/posts

25 posted on 09/14/2006 7:38:44 PM PDT by freespirited (We have met the enemy and it is Wal-Mart. ---The Democratic Party)
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To: MichiganMan
"journalistic jihad"

Sounds about right as a description of this LSM action.

26 posted on 09/14/2006 7:41:16 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: MichiganMan

I think all this goes to show is that you can be labeled republican, democrat, conservative, or liberal but it doesn't define a person's character. Armitage and Powell sold the very people that they were suppose to serve up the river, knowing full well the so-called outing of Plame was all a lie. Rarely will you ever hear a politician or the press apologize for all the pain and suffering they bring upon people when they're in the wrong from step 1. I'm sure I'll be dead before we have politicians that truly serve the public's interests instead of whomever throws the most money at them.


27 posted on 09/14/2006 7:47:02 PM PDT by whtabtbill
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To: MichiganMan

The Seinfeld of Scandals. A Scandal about Nothing.


28 posted on 09/14/2006 7:47:47 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: killermosquito
[We have to go to Australia to read the truth!?!?!]

That was my first reaction too. Australia got to see the "uncut" version of the "Path to 911" too. Very strange.

The whole Plame non-story is disgraceful. The American media should be falling all over themselves apologizing to everyone that they indicted in the press, especially Chrissy Matthews of "Hairball".
29 posted on 09/14/2006 7:52:09 PM PDT by khnyny
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Powell does not not look good in this.

Hence the letter opposing the Geneva Convention definitions that President Bush is seeking.

30 posted on 09/14/2006 7:59:05 PM PDT by noexcuses
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Last but not least, a few apologies are called for, notably by Powell, but also by the press. A correction - perhaps the longest and most overdue in the history of journalism - is in order. .."

Powell sends a letter, announced today, aligning himself with McCain opposing President Bush's plans for military tribunals.

Anything to get the news of Powell's betrayal of Bush in the Plame affair off the headlines. So , basically he betrays the President again.
31 posted on 09/14/2006 8:02:33 PM PDT by ARE SOLE
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To: MichiganMan

bttt


32 posted on 09/14/2006 8:34:12 PM PDT by knews_hound (Driving Liberals nuts since 1975 !)
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To: operation clinton cleanup

How do you think they should play it? I'm not a good strategerist.


33 posted on 09/14/2006 8:43:50 PM PDT by tiki
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To: digger48

I would LOVE to see Larry Johnson frog-marched,,,,anywhere!


34 posted on 09/14/2006 8:44:37 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kabooms"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Flame away but I just think either Fitzy is looking at the coup-plotters...OR he;s an evil weasel.


35 posted on 09/14/2006 8:45:45 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kabooms"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: ARE SOLE

Powell is despicable/so is Armitage.


36 posted on 09/14/2006 8:48:16 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kabooms"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: jwalsh07

Disgraceful, contemptible, incredible ... the rest of the story, ... ludicrous, baneful, execrable, malodorous, noisome, socialistic, eristic, infra dig, calumnious, toxic, prevaricating, oleaginous, sophistic, etc.


37 posted on 09/14/2006 10:40:15 PM PDT by Torie
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To: MichiganMan

The War on Terror begins with Democrats and the Liberal Media.

Terror is ineffective without the domestic sycophants and complicit political and media traitors.

Do your part: destroy Liberal Media and Democrats with extreme prejudice.


38 posted on 09/14/2006 11:28:00 PM PDT by Stallone (Dealing with Democrats IS the War on Terror.)
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To: Paladin2

"The media (or FReepers) need to start a Fitz stakeout/smokeout seeking an explaination of his infamous press conference" OH YEAH; Remember the MSM stakeout at Ken Starr's home ? Where are they now.......


39 posted on 09/15/2006 5:09:34 AM PDT by aumrl (we get what we deserve)
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To: PJ-Comix; franksolich; gardencatz; commonguymd; feefee; Repub4bush; Misty Memory

Ping in case you haven't seen this.


40 posted on 09/15/2006 7:04:35 AM PDT by KJC1
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To: MichiganMan
Richard Armitage, the deputy secretary of state under Colin Powell,...

Boy, Colin's name sure is popping up lately.

Maybe Fitzgerald should call him to testify.

41 posted on 09/15/2006 7:07:22 AM PDT by airborne (Fecal matter is en route to fan! Contact is imminent!)
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later read


42 posted on 09/15/2006 8:27:09 AM PDT by Mo1 (Think about it .. A Speaker Nancy Pelosi could be 2 seats away from being President)
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To: Mo1; Peach; Txsleuth; onyx; Howlin; kcvl; Laverne; SE Mom; rodguy911; BigSkyFreeper; ...

BUMP!


43 posted on 09/15/2006 8:31:27 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: digger48

HA HA, John "Vichy" Kerry trying to further the talking points of his disgraced former campaign advisor Joe "Weasel" Wilson.

You'd think that Kerry would have the common sense to stay far away from the insidious weasels that have perpetrated this hoax on the public, but then common sense has never been Kerry's strong suit......


44 posted on 09/15/2006 9:16:53 AM PDT by Enchante (There are 3 kinds of lies: Lies, Damned Lies, and Mainstream Journalism)
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To: MichiganMan

bttt - thanks for posting.


45 posted on 09/15/2006 9:26:42 AM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus.)
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To: STARWISE

Thanks for the ping -- good on Fred Barnes.

What a mess. The surprise is, the truth is finally coming out.


46 posted on 09/15/2006 9:27:35 AM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus.)
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To: Enchante

Weasels of a feather, clump together.


47 posted on 09/15/2006 4:33:14 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: GretchenM
bttt - thanks for posting.

Anytime, its a great summation of a story that is, by his own admission, "too complex" for Chris Matthews. It seems straightforward enough to me, but I suppose Chris knows his limitations. Poor guy, at this rate he's probably challenged making change. But hey, at least he admits it.

Oh, and BUMP.

48 posted on 09/15/2006 5:29:54 PM PDT by MichiganMan (If you bought a product from a spam, you are both irredeemably stupid and why we have spam at all.)
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To: MichiganMan
A picture's worth a thousand words ...


49 posted on 09/15/2006 5:39:41 PM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus.)
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To: Torie

Change your handle to Mr. Thesaurus. If I had you around when I posted I could have gone on but I ran out adjectives rhyming with "ul". :-}


50 posted on 09/16/2006 8:38:01 AM PDT by jwalsh07
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