As Corn and Newsweek's Michael Isikoff learned in reporting their new book Hubris, Armitage knew from a description in a follow-up column Novak published on October 1, 2003, that he was Novak's primary source.
Armitage was never in doubt as to who Novak's source was. He as much as invited him to drop the little nugget of Plames CIA employment in the column. Heck, he invited Novak in for their little chat for the express purpose of getting the column written.
"The president ordered anyone in the administration who leaked this information to report it immediately to him". No MSM mention that Colin Powell and Richard Armitage disobeyed this Presidential order.
"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."
With Scooter Livvy neutralized, the following is still inplay, and still indangering our country:
" ..the aggressive and able work of Scooter Libby on the president's behalf made him a target of those who opposed the White House view that the normal tools of law enforcement were insufficient to protect this country from further terrorist attacks."
I can understand why Clarice didn't go there. Novak is the only person who has claimed that Armitage intenionally revealed Val's identity and role in order to get them published. As such, it is open to speculation.
Ms. Feldman chose to only use items accepted as facts to lay out an indictment against Fitzferbrains. It is a damning indictment, made more powerful by avoiding anything the least bit speculative.
Besides, Novak's claim that Armitage "invited Novak in for their little chat for the express purpose of getting the column written" leads down a different road than where Clarice is going. It's a road of conspiracy and intrigue between the State Department and Wilson that will surely be investigated, but apart from the prosecutorial misconduct of Fitzpatrick.
This my take on that sordid deal: Grossman knew Wilson and the two cooked this whole thing up. Grossman, however, as a suborinate of Armitage, couldn't order Armitage to talk to Novak. So Grossman went to Powell, probably with Armitage's knowledge, for permission to spring the trap. Powell gave it his blessing, knowing that his ever loyal Armitage would serve as the cut out man. A neat little three man conspiracy (four, if you count Wilson) amongst people who will forever remain tight lipped. All of the other players--the MSM, DOJ, CIA etc. acted rather predictably.