Skip to comments.Alec Baldwin Still Can't Figure Out Who Leaked Valerie Plame's Name
Posted on 08/03/2007 5:27:50 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
Apparently one of the movie roles that Alec Baldwin won't be playing in the future is that of Sherlock Holmes. Baldwin writes an entire Huffington Post blog, Prosecuting Those Responsible For Outing Valerie Plame, without once mentioning the name of the leaker---Richard Armitage. Baldwin starts out with a fantasy about the things he would do if he were play-acting as president:
The fifth thing that I would do is to prosecute whoever is responsible for outing Valerie Plame as a CIA agent.
At this point you would think that Baldwin would lash out at the leaker, Richard Armitage, or at Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald for protecting Armitage by failing to prosecute him despite knowing that Armitage was the guilty one from the very beginning of his laughable investigation. Instead, Baldwin flails wildly away in all directions with the exception of the obvious one:
Yes, there are a number of other issues that would seem to be equally as important, if not more so, than the Plame case. Infrastructure, taxes, agriculture, clean water, trade deficits, election protection and on and on. But the Valerie Plame issue strikes at the very heart of what is most wrong with our current government and creates an inescapable mandate for Bush's successor. Lying is one matter. Destroying the career and good name of an intelligence officer of this country for the purposes of some sick political retribution is another. The issue is one of morality on the deepest level and it is this government's betrayal of Plame that reveals how corrupt and immoral this administration truly is.
All this outrage and Baldwin still continues to miss the obvious targets of Armitage and Fitzgerald. However, this is just a warmup for the factually inaccurate rant to follow in which Baldwin portrays Plame as a morally pure saint who would never think to act in such an "inappropriate or unprofessional" way as to, oh say, recommend that her own husband be sent to Niger:
Plame herself was innocent of any wrongdoing. There was never any intimation that she had behaved in a way that was inappropriate or unprofessional. Plame's husband did his job as a State Department official in exposing the truth about bogus reports of Iraqi access to uranium and he did his duty to his countrymen to amplify those statements in the pages of The New York Times. What did the Bush White House do? Worse, in my opinion, than any other U.S. administration had ever done before. To expose the identity of this woman was one of the greatest acts of cowardice I have ever seen in my lifetime and our nation's outrage over this must travel with any new administration in 2008.
It's probably a lost cause but in an effort to enlighten Baldwin a bit in his highly selective outrage, I cite this information from an October 25, 2005 Washington Post article, Husband Is Conspicious in Leak Case:
But the Senate committee found that "interviews and documents provided to the committee indicate that his wife . . . suggested his name for the trip." The committee also noted a memorandum from Plame saying Wilson "has good relations" with Niger officials who "could possibly shed light on this sort of activity." In addition, notes on a State Department document surmised that Plame "had the idea to dispatch him" to Niger.
Of course, facts won't deter Baldwin from flailing foolishly away. He concludes his blog with another demand for the prosecution of whoever leaked (hint: Richard Armitage) the sacred name of St. Valerie:
Robert Novak will go to his grave with the disgrace of having served as the handmaiden of this heinous act, but his time has already passed. Those in government who are responsible must be prosecuted. The integrity of our government is always imperiled when men like Bush and Cheney are at the wheel. But the Plame affair puts all of us on notice. Political acts of this nature are the bailiwick of communists and fascists, not Americans whose country fights for freedom and democracy this very day in a foreign land, spending billions upon billions of dollars and sacrificing the lives of brave men and women in the process. Valerie Plame was a soldier in that war, too. We owe her all that we owe any American who serves this country.
And, Alec, you owe us an explanation of how you could write an entire rant about prosecuting whoever leaked Valerie Plame's name without once mentioning the name of the leaker, Richard Armitage, or the Special Counsel, Patrick Fitzgerald, who refused to prosecute him.
I am still mad at him for breaking his promise in 2004 when he said he was going to move to Canada is Bush was elected.
Poor dear is helpless without a script.
go ahead, indict Richard Armitage or Colin Powell....take your pick of these 2 RINOs...
but NO...liberals love Powell et al. They can live with Republicans who are really Dims at heart.
What statute would have been violated by “outing” Ms. Plame-Wilson?
Libby was convicted of the “process crime” of being a Republican official in the District of Columbia whose memory differed from a reporters.
Al Baldwin and Al Gore have a lot in common.
They also appear to be on the same diet.
I know I shouldn’t be surprised but yet I’m always stunned at celebs who think they are enlightened mental giants.
How quickly that little nugget is going to take top priority with the Dims.
who is alec baldwin?
In his fantasy mind, the trial is for Dick Cheney and the sentence is crucifixion... real, public, crucifixion.
All this despite the fact that this is about the biggest non-scandal in history. Even if Valerie Plame WAS illegally outed (just for the sake of argument), how did that put her in danger or harm the country?
Excuse me ... what are Baldwin’s credentials? Can I see his resume and compare it to those of Bush and his staff? What ... he’s a drop out? Oh ... nevermind.
Using a little judgment, Plame and Wilson “outed” Plame once they realized this provided another excuse to go after Bush.
She got the CIA to send him to Africa and report back to the NYTs that Bush “lied” and should be impeached. With his taking such a high profile, her identity was bound to come out. Novak asked who hired this moonbat. Armitage said it was his wife who works at the CIA. Novak reported. Nobody cared. Then David Corn of the Nation magazine realized this could be another excuse to get Bush. Corn, Wilson, Plame and the liberal media then did everything they could to tell the world that Plame worked for the CIA.
She recommended her left-wing hubby for the job. Who made the actual selection? That seems to be a state secret.
Because the fact that she wasn't Agent 99 or the Girl from U.N.C.L.E. would shoot big holes in all those liberal arguments....
Actually, it was 2000.
“Not that Boca Raton is the only place where panic now grips the Beautiful People. Imagine Alec Baldwin’s house Tuesday night . . . pack the car . . . unpack the car . . . pack the car . . . unpack the car.” - Howie Carr
Is there anyone more irrelevant than Alec Baldwin?
Perhaps Alec Balwdin, Agent of Film Actors Guild, should have gone to jail for attempting to incite a mob on national television to murder Henry Hyde and his family over the Clinton impeachment hearings.
Looks to be closing in on 5 pounds of bacon for breakfast every day.
It'd be an interesting phenomenon to study sometime.
We've all heard of the "freshman 15", the pounds a freshman at college puts on the first time away from home living on their own. Junk food, binging...
It seems that a lot of libs also put on weight after the Bush victories.
As Fat Bastard says, "I eat because I'm unhappy, and I'm unhappy because I eat"
As far as I can tell, Tim Russert did not commit the offense of being a Republican.
Laura Knoy: I want to invite our listeners to join us, call in. I want to ask you before we go to our callers about the big news item this week. That is the commutation of the top aid Scootter Libby. What is your opinion? Mr. Libby was convicted by a jury of his peers for lying and obstructing justice. Yet he will not spend an hour in jail.
Duncan Hunter: First I would not pardon or commune the sentenced without reading the transcript. Having said that, I think there are a couple of things the American people have to know and reflect on. Most of the citizens think that Mr. Libby was sentenced for the disclosing the identity of a CIA agent. That is not true. Ultimately the prosecutor understood that Libby was not the person that disclosed the identity of the CIA agents identity. He did not prosecute him for that. You may notice that. That is not what the conviction is for. The conviction was for inconsistent statements and lying to the prosecutor.
Now I think there is something that folks have to look at here and that is this. When prosecutors get into a high profile class, in which he was going to persue people for disclosing the identity of a CIA agent under the Foreign Agents Identity Disclosure Act. That is a law we put into place to keep people from being disclosed. This is a very serious thing so he starts off on this prosecution where he is going to, by gosh, bring people to justice for that. He ends up not doing that because he didnt find a case where a person had their identity illegally disclosed, so he takes the consolation prize. The consolation prize is always perjury. It is lying to the grand jury. The point that I made the last time I was interviewed on this is this point. Tell me what you did 30 days ago. Tell me all the meetings you had 30 days ago. You probably cant tell me. So if I ask you questions for 3 or 4 hours as a cross examining attorney, I could probably bring up places where you have not given all the information about things in fact happened on particular days because you cant remember. Now Libby claims he couldnt remember these things and after they asked him many questions, they got him for inconsistent statements or lying.
I think you always have to be careful about that. But I think in terms of Obstruction Justice, which is the other consolation prize that a prosecutor goes for when he doesnt get someone for the big one. Which is what he pursued in the first place. They left Mr. Libby with $250,000 in fines and on probation. His law career is ruined he will be disbarred. He will never be able to practice law again. I think that is probably reasonable. But now my recommendation is this. I would not pardon Mr. Libby without reviewing the transcript. And I havent reviewed the transcript.
But I would say this, I did review the transcript of Agents Compean and Ramos the two border patrol agents who were given 11 and 12 years in prison. It is a greater prison sentenced than the average convicted murder in this country for the fact that they wounded a drug dealer as he was bringing 750 pounds of drugs across the border from Mexico. I have reviewed their transcripts and I think they should be fully pardoned. And my recommendation to the White House, I called them up the day after they communed Scootter Libby sentence, was that it would be good for the President on the 4th of July to fully pardon Agents Compean and Ramos. Ive met with their families; they have been rendered destitute by this prosecution. That is the most severe injustice I think Ive ever seen in terms of uniform people being punished for being too aggressive in pursuing their duties on the border of Mexico.
I also blamed the administration’s handling of something that should have been a non-issue. Just released everything about Plame and her husband. If she was not a CIA operative anymore, they should have told it earlier, publicly, no need of any investigation, etc.
Because he can't find his ass with both hands.
As John Bright said, "He is a self made man who worships his creator."
He’s starting to look like Michael Moore.
Don’t laugh. Hollyweird will probably release a movie next year starring George Clooney as FitzGerald and Baldwin as Joe Wilson. They can get any floozy off the street to play Plame.
The film will depict Bush & Rove & Cheney plotting to tell lie after lie, and invade nation after nation in order to secure oil rights. Wilson will try to expose these lies, being an honest and upright patriot. Plame will be depicted as a top secret, undercover operative who is in the midst of a delicate national security operation in Pakistan. In fact, she’s on the verge of capturing Osama when suddenly her cover is exposed when Bush & Co. order Scooter Libby to leak her name to the press.
The trial of the century will then take place, with Libby being convicted for the “leak” but Bush & Rove & Cheney escaping due to lies and obfuscation. The film will end with FitzGerald, Wilson, and Plame wondering sadly what has become of the America they once loved.
“Al Baldwin and Al Gore have a lot in common.
They also appear to be on the same diet.”
I think he’s starting to look a bit like Michael Moore!
There actually IS such a film in the works.
Many of these people--most of them probably--mean well, but the ruthless pursuit of truth--the very thing that should be valued most by the benevolent--is rejected in favor of banalities.
Just as an aside, Fitzgerald and NBC’s attorney did a terrific job keeping Andrea Mitchell off the witness stand.
“Hes starting to look like Michael Moore.”
Guess I shoulda read the whole thread before posting, but I could not take my eyes off that pic! That was the first thing that popped into my head!
The befuddling question in this case still lingers. How does the CIA, supposedly a top secret agency, take it upon themselves to authorize a political partisan hack, as Joe “Liar” Wilson, go on a CIA mission to Niger? The truth is the CIA was and still may be on a mission to destroy the POTUS.
The irony, here, is delicious. Baldwin, dumb as he is, is writing a hit piece defending someone whose job is to spy on others - something that is anathema to Hollyweird types who have been publicly and professionally ruined by people investigating their activities and lifestyles (i.e. Valerie Plame types)!!
I truly want to give him the benefit of the doubt and say that I believe that he sincerely believes what he says in his rant - but I can’t and won’t. Baldwin is just another Hollyweird leftist who hates America, hates our capitalist system (despite all the money he and others have made by repeating lines written by someone else on screen), and still refuses to move to France as he promised if Bush were re-elected.
Frankly, the higher profile these Hollyweird types get by embracing everything that is antithetical to our nation and our future, the faster I pray that Hollywierd’s demise will be. The rot in Hollyweird is exceeded only by the rot in Washington, DC.
Just what has the CIA gotten right in the last twenty years? Thirty years? I don't think the Agency ever recovered from the Church hearings, and is now filled with career bureaucrats who are mainly concerned with CYA. Plame suggested her husband for the job to get him out of the house.
A Constitutional exercise in determining if the President committing perjury to cover up a pattern of behavior that might make him liable to a civil suite rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors worthy of impeachment and conviction? STONE THEM! THEM AND THEIR FAMILY!!!
He said “”if we were in another country... we would stone Henry Hyde to death and we would go to their homes and kill their wives and their children. We would kill their families”.
Well please Alec Baldwin....go to another country, those that you admire so much, where political/ legal/ Constitutional issues are settled with mob justice and stones. We like it here in the U.S.A.. What a tool.
Valerie Plame was exposed as a CIA agent by the quisling Alrdich Ames who is doing 99 years in Levanworth. Once an agent is burned, they stay burned. The bad guys compare notes.
“Because he can’t find his ass with both hands.”
It certainly looks like he can no longer reach it.
Who cares what he thinks. His name is on the list, as are the likes of Sarandon, Robbins, Penn, and many others. I’ll never support any movie or other enterprise with which he is in any way affiliated.
Child verbal abusers are deaf to reality!
i always assumed that people would seek the truth,
but i’ve discovered over the years that many people, especially democraps,
prefer myths and out-and-out lies.
Fat, Drunk, and Stupid is no way to go through life son...
the imortal words of Dean Wormer, Faber College