Skip to comments.Armitage says he was foolish in CIA leak
Posted on 11/11/2007 8:22:37 PM PST by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON - Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said Sunday he was foolish to have revealed Valerie Plame's CIA identity.
Armitage's acknowledgment came in response to comments by Plame, who said the former Bush administration official had no right to talk to a reporter about where she worked.
A year ago, Armitage publicly apologized to Plame and her husband. The former No. 2 State Department official remains the only principal in the leak to have done so.
At least three one-time administration officials in addition to Armitage discussed Plame's CIA status with reporters. They are former White House political adviser Karl Rove, Vice President Dick Cheney's ex-chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby and former presidential press secretary Ari Fleischer.
Armitage and Rove were the sources for a 2003 newspaper column by commentator Robert Novak that disclosed Plame's CIA employment.
Novak's column came out eight days after Plame's husband, Joseph Wilson, said the administration had twisted prewar intelligence to exaggerate the Iraqi threat.
Libby was convicted this year of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI about his conversations with reporters regarding Plame.
After receiving immunity from prosecution, Fleischer admitted to a federal grand jury that he had told reporters about Plame.
Bush, who was questioned in the criminal investigation, commuted Libby's 30-month prison sentence and never took any individual to task publicly for the leak.
In July, the president said the criminal investigation had run its course and that "now we're going to move on."
Armitage has taken a different tack.
"I think it was extraordinarily foolish of me" to have disclosed Plame's identity, Armitage said Sunday on CNN's "Late Edition." He was agreeing with comments by Plame that he should have known better.
Armitage said there was no ill-intent on his part. He said he spoke to Novak after seeing a reference to Wilson's wife in a memo, which did not name her.
Plame sued Cheney, Rove, Libby and Armitage for alleging violating her rights, but a federal judge dismissed the case, saying there was no legal basis for it.
Despite the dismissal, the judge said the lawsuit raised important questions relating to the propriety of actions undertaken by the nation's highest government officials.
**FILE PHOTO** Richard Armitage, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, makes a speech at a privately sponsored conference in Tokyo, Thursday, July 6, 2006. Armitage said Sunday that 'it was extraordinarily foolish of me' to have disclosed Plame's identity. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
Let me guess:
1) Mistakes were made.
2) You could have knocked me over with a feather.
3) It’s news to me.
If the GOP had any testicles, Armitage would have been skewered, instead of Libby facing a perjury rap.
Any dope standing outside CIA headquarters and watching the cars come in knew where Valerie Plame worked.
You aren’t covert when you drive to work openly every damn day.
Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson have perjured thamselves before Congress—where’s the investigation?
And Colin Powell was Mr. Useless—he knew of Armitage’s perfidy, but left his boss to hang out to dry.
Armitage could have come clean years ago, but the little cowardly SOB kept his mouth shut to obviously hurt the Bush White House.
Call me small minded, but if I was the President or the Vice President, I would go after all of these clowns hammer and tong.
Bush did not lie about the yellowcake. And he was only one who didn’t.
Plame, Wilson, Armitage, and Powell and Fitzgerald should be exposed for the cowardly partisan hacks they really are.
And the same goes for Timmy Russert and Andrea Mitchell.
The “new tone” be damned.
What you said.
Armitage’s statement gave the writer the opportunity to write an entire column about what should have been a non-event and to attack those who spoke with reporters but never apologized to poor Val and Joe. Bwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaa.
Umm... Once something is leaked, especially to the press, isn't it sort of impossible for somebody else to "leak" it afterwards? I mean, once something is leaked the info is out there, so how could somebody else "leak" the same info at a later time? Can this guy Pete Yost be that stup.... Oh. Pete Yost.
And that’s the truth. Now, Armitage speaks up after the damage is done. The klymer.
Thanks for posting this new article.
Here is something that has been ignored ever since this faux James Bond episode started.
The White House wanted the CIA to find out if Saddam was trying to purchase yellowcake ore from Niger.
Joe Wilson was going to Niger on ‘personal business’.
So his wife, working at the CIA, suggested to her boss that they send Joe. He had a very close relationship with business and government officials in Niger, including the President of Niger. They thought since he was part of the ‘inner circle’ in Niger, he could get to the truth.
So, the CIA sent Joe. Paid his way. Didn’t even ask him to sign any confidentiality agreement or National Security agreement.
So, off Joe went. When he came back, he reported that there were inquiries from other sources trying to buy the ore (like Libya), but that Niger did not sell, nor discuss selling ore to Saddam.
Now.... the good part.
This happened during the Clinton Administration.
Spool forward. Bush Administration. Needs to know if Saddam has been trying to buy yellowcake ore.
Everything happened again, just like Deja Vu. Same circumstances, same results.
Except for one thing. Once the Kerry Campaign recruited Joe Wilson, he came out and tried to say the Bush Administration lied about the results of his spying.
Of course they didn’t. That was just to help Kerry’s run for President.
I might note that both times that Joe Wilson went to Niger to spy for the CIA, Saddam received large quantities of yellowcake ore (through Libya?). The UN team responsible for checking to see if Saddam got some said he didn’t. That’s because Saddam played the POLICE EVIDENCE ROOM game.
15 Tons of ore IN, 15 tons of ore OUT. Still 15 tons locked up where the inspectors checked, so their assumption was that none had recently come in. (idiots!)
NOW. Why was Joe going to Niger? What ‘personal business’ did he have?
JC Wilson, International is a broker for handling deals for the President of Niger.
What is their main export that JC Wilson,INTL would be handling???? Yellowcake ore.
He wasn’t “foolish” .. he was and is an arrogant ass.
His only redemption to me is to repay Libby all the money Libby has had to spend to defend himself - from something Armitage said.
What really galls me .. Fitz KNEW FROM THE BEGINNING IT WAS ARMITAGE. Which means that Powell also knew .. and I will always believe this was a payback to the Bush admin because they wouldn’t follow the Powell doctrine of anti-war.
Disgusting. And .. after hearing from Bolton about his new book (which I just purchased tonight) - I suspect I’m more right about the state dept attitude than I ever knew.
Did he apologize to President Bush, Libby the American people for all the wasted tax payer money sopped up by that prosecutor Fitzgerald?
Richard Armitage to Scooter Libby: neener neener!
Armitge,the Wilsons, and a good part of St. Dept. & CIA were just trying to committ treason, that’s all. Only Saddam told the truth.
Right on. This whole thing is so bizarre it boggles the mind.
Six Reasons the Plame Episode is a Farce:
What was “extraordinarily foolish” of Armitage was to cooperate with the perjury trap by keeping his little secret for so long.
Powell and Armitage are grade A jackasses. Armitage leaked about PLame then kept his mouth shut as the loony left wailed away on the Bush administration for two years. Chrissy Matthews flung gallons of spittle for two years about Plame
Powell and Armitage were booted from State. This was their revenge. I despise them both. They can go to hell
“Now.... the good part.
This happened during the Clinton Administration.”
Do you have a link to that information? I have never heard that before and would love to read about it.
Bumping your post, moreso than the article.
Wilson claimed from the beginning that he did not know who recruited him and would not know them if he met them on the street. This was about a month or so after his campaign for Kerry introduction in the NYTimes, on a C-SPAM interview.
I have thought from the beginning that the liberals were after what 'intel' President Bush had they did not and old Joe was selected to stir up the mix so these liberals could find out what President Bush knew and when did he know it.... Remember old Hillry's screech with her New York paper accusing President Bush on the Senate floor right after 9/11.
I think that was what her Soviet show style commission was to be and do, a vehicle to cover-up what she was doing during her co-presidency. Sandy the Burglar sure came in a timely manner to expunge her record.
President Bush’s failure to respond to this was the beginning of his slide into powerlessness against the Dems.
I have to wonder why he allowed Plame and the media to spin this lie so effectively and for so long.
Mega-dittoes for that concise summary!
Only Saddam told the truth.
and look where it got him. ;-)
FoggyBottom is a nest of malcontents, operatives and bureaucrats, a lot of good folks have done their jobs and done them well, others have set about pursuing their own agendas and still do to thsi day.. Good luck to the next chief and SecyofState.
Attila the Hun couldn’t clean that place out.
Ms. Wilson said she did sound out her husband about the trip after she was asked to do so, but that her husband was picked for the trip because of his background in Africa. Valerie Plame Wilson, Subject of C.I.A. Leak, Testifies - (3/16/2007) New York Times
But a few months later, in her book:
She says that when the vice president’s office asked the CIA about the uranium allegation, a “midlevel reports officer” suggested in a hallway conversation that the agency could send Joe Wilson to investigate. The suggestion made sense because Wilson had served as an ambassador in Africa, was the top Africa expert on the National Security Council in the Clinton administration and
(Here it is, from the HORSE’S OWN MOUTH)
[made a previous trip to Niger at the CIA’s request in 1999.]
She and the midlevel officer brought the idea to their boss, who liked it and asked her to send an e-mail up the chain of command. “My husband has good relations with both the PM [prime minister] and the former Minister of Mines (not to mention lots of French contacts), both of whom could possibly shed light on this sort of activity,” she wrote.
March 8, 2003: CNNs Renay San Miguel interviewed Joe Wilson about the so-called Niger forgeries, which had just become a hot topic in the news.
SAN MIGUEL: Just fine. How could this happen? It is the perception that documents like these are vetted to within an inch of their life by intelligence agencies. How do you think this managed to slip by?
WILSON: Well, this particular case is outrageous. I actually started my foreign service career in Niger and ended my foreign service career doing in charge of Africa in the Clinton White House. We know a lot about the uranium business in Niger, and for something like this to go unchallenged by U.S.
I would say he more a coward and liar. Oh, we can add fool too, but that would be the least of his sins.
oops, forgot the “is”
Thanks so much.
How soon before the media talking heads start parroting the phrase he was just “foolish”? Remember, Sandy Berger was just “sloppy” when he stuffed documents into his socks. Since Armitage is one of the media good guys he was just foolish when he revealed Plame’s identity.
View the SECRET email from Valerie Plame Wilson to her bosses at CIA that she was hoping would remain classified.
It shows beyond any doubt who sent Joe Wilson to Niger in Feburary 2002....
Read my story about the Senate Intelligence committee's rebuke of Joe Wilson at Newsmax
Sept. 17, 2007: Read my story about the return of the Rogue Weasels to the CIA at Newsmax
Quote “Still 15 tons locked up where the inspectors checked, so their assumption was that none had recently come in. (idiots!).. Unquote.
The inspectors in Iraq were right. It didn’t come there.
Saddams scientists and about 2 billion bucks were in
Libya. When we confiscated Libya’s nuke program, that was
financed by Saddam, run with Saddam’s guys helping,
it was found the yk came from Niger next door.
A simple, relatively short, truck haul. And the French company COGEMA ran the mines for Niger and they
had couplr billion of Saddam’s money in the oil scam
deal.And Wilson’s consulting/brokering company workrd
for Niger and Cogema. So what was he doing in the trips
over there. It was covering up. In 99 when he was
there Saddam’s head nuke guy was there, a guy that
Joe knew from years before. Joe and friends, in and out
of CIA just did a snowjob, as they report no yk
went to Iraq, inspectors there confirm, but it
makes the folks who know somethings going on look like
fools. And then they get all the political mileage out
of it back here, screwing the country, just because
folks in government can’t get it all sorted out.
Oh, Wilson and the crooks knew. Ed
‘Armitage said there was no ill-intent on his part.’
Bullshit. He did Powells bidding, and it was too undermine the Administration that rejected his point of view.
The fact Powell lied to the media at least twice on this topic is also something many don’t know, or have forgotten.
I’ll never forgive either Armitage or Colin Powell, each of whom could have stopped that witch hunt with a single press conference.
That they choose not to do so speaks volumes about the character of BOTH Powell and Armitage.
Finally, theres the perplexing case of Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson. According to dozens of media reports, Valerie Plame was introduced to Joe Wilson by Brent Scowcroft at an ATC function. Shortly thereafter, the pair was invited to a Turkish Embassy function. Quickly after that, Plames CIA WMD operation (Brewster Jennings) was exposed by then Under Secretary of State, Richard Armitage. Coincidently, Dickerson was in close proximity to Plame & Wilson in the 1999-2002 timeframe and the Pentagon and US State Department. It seems likely that only a Turkish operative located somewhere in the US government/intelligence community would have uncovered that information and disclosed it to the Turks and their US sympathizers. Was it Wilson? Dickerson? Armitage?
Armitage has been described (apparently accurately) as one of the biggest gossips in Washington DC.
What a despicable turd.
something in my gut says this isn’t over.....cannot put my finger on it yet,but the whole truth to the story is lurking out there and my gut says something is brewing.......
Could be, anyone with a mouth that big has made enemies.
just remember that Joe and Valarie live in New Mexico now
these elite metropolitan types ain’t NM types.......
this is a safe house so the dems and media can “manage” the NM, Ca,AZ vote and include the reservation indians to win just like last election...............
Foolish?....but the press told us for 3 years it was a serious national security crime! Where are the charges? Oh, that’s right, he’s critical of Bush, therefore he gets an Official Pass.
‘just remember that Joe and Valarie live in New Mexico now’
I think the WaPo editorial last year basically saying Joe Wilson was a first rate LIAR is the reason they moved to NM.
Kinda hard to get invited onto the DC cocktail circuit, where they were infamous long before this non scandal crap, after the WaPo hammers you publicly.
that’s all hogwash cover for the safe house trust me...Joe got rich on the scam by people who “when they need a favor”
come calling... Joe owes those people.....
I think you highly overrate the financial compensation aspect. Given the nature of Joey and his bimbo wife’s ‘lifestyle’ I doubt they have much.
No denying the cost of living in NM is a third or less of what they were paying to play on the DC cocktail circuit.
No worries dude... the liberal media and the moonbats are too invested in the Evil Cheny and Evil Rove as the imaginary leakers to give you a second thought.