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Armitage: Joe Told Everyone About Wife

You can download the audio file for yourself (mp3 file) or listen to it via CNN.

Here is my transcription of the exchange:


Woodward: Well it was Joe Wilson who was sent by the agency, isn’t it?
Armitage: His wife works for the agency.
Woodward: Why doesn’t that come out? Why does that have to be a big secret?
Armitage: (over) Everybody knows it.
Woodward: Everyone knows?
Armitage: Yeah. And they know ’cause Joe Wilson’s been calling everybody. He’s pissed off ’cause he was designated as a low level guy went out to look at it. So he’s all pissed off.
Woodward: But why would they send him?
Armitage: Because his wife’s an analyst at the agency.
Woodward: It’s still weird.
Armitage: He — he’s perfect. She — she, this is what she does. She’s a WMD analyst out there.  
Woodward: Oh, she is.
Armitage: (over) Yeah.
Woodward: Oh, I see. I didn’t think…
Armitage: (over) "I know who’ll look at it." Yeah, see?
Woodward: Oh. She’s the chief WMD…?
Armitage: No. She’s not the…
Woodward: But high enough up that she could say, "oh, yeah, hubby will go."
Armitage: Yeah. She knows [garbled].
Woodward: Was she out there with him, when he was…?
Armitage: (over) No, not to my knowledge. I don’t know if she was out there. But his wife’s in the agency as a WMD analyst. How about that?

According to Woodward, this exchange took place "nearly a month" before Bob Novak wrote his column referencing Ms. Plame.

I didn’t transcribe the beginning of the exchange. But in it Richard Armitage brags that "we" (at the State Department) are "clean as a whistle" regarding the yellowcake claims.

When Woodward asks him why the reference had been included in the State Of The Union address, Armitage notes it had been removed from an earlier speech. He then blames the White House. He adds that "Condi" "doesn’t like to be on the hot seat."

So it is abundantly clear Mr. Armitage was on Joe Wilson’s side in this argument. He was certainly not out to "punish" Joe Wilson by leaking the name of his wife or her job at the CIA.

In fact, Armitage claims "everybody knows" about Valerie Plame’s work at the CIA thanks to Mr. Wilson’s phone calls.

This substantiates what I have posited all along. That Wilson told every reporter he spoke to at the time about his wife’s job, to try to enhance his credibility.

And remember, Wilson pitched his story to numerous reporters before he got so frustrated by their soft-pedaling of his amazing scoop that he had to come out from behind the curtain and write his history-changing editorial for the New York Times.

A thousand lies later we learn that a compatriot of Wilson’s was the first government official on record for "leaking" this deep dark secret that "everybody" knew.

And we now know that Mr. Fitzgerald knew all of this even before he began his multi-year, multi-million dollar witch hunt.

But the media will use any weapon of mass deception to destroy its enemies.

And the truth be damned.

(Thanks to Enchante for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 13th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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