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Armitage Says He’s Plame Leaker, Apologizes

From the "Paper Of Treason," the New York Times:

Armitage Says He Was the Source in C.I.A. Leak

By DAVID JOHNSTON
Published: September 7, 2006

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 — Expressing regret for his actions and apologies to his administration colleagues, Richard L. Armitage, the former deputy secretary of state, confirmed today that he was the source who first told a columnist about the intelligence officer at the center of the C.I.A. leak case.

“It was a terrible error on my part,” Mr. Armitage said in an interview. He added, “ There wasn’t a day when I didn’t feel like I had let down the President, the Secretary of State, my colleagues, my family and the Wilsons. I value my ability to keep state secrets. This was bad and I really felt badly about this.”

Mr. Armitage also confirmed that he was the anonymous government official who talked to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward in June 2003 about Valerie Plame Wilson, the C.I.A. officer, in what is the first known conversation between an administration official and a journalist concerning her.

Mr. Armitage, who has been criticized for keeping his silence for nearly three years, said he had wanted to disclose his role as soon as he realized that he was the main source for Robert D. Novak’s column, published on July 14, 2003, which identified Ms. Wilson as a C.I.A. intelligence officer.

But he said held back at the request of Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the prosecutor. “He requested that I remain silent,” Mr. Armitage, said.

Expressing irritation over assertions in some newspaper editorials and on some Internet blogs that, by his silence, he had been disloyal to the Bush administration, Mr. Armitage said that he had followed Mr. Bush’s repeated instruction to administration officials to cooperate with the Fitzgerald inquiry.

“I felt like I was doing exactly what he wanted,” he said

Mr. Armitage said he did not tell prosecutors about his conversation with Mr. Woodward until the fall of 2005 because he had forgotten about it. Mr. Armitage said he did not recall the June 2003 conversation until Mr. Woodward called to remind him about it following Mr. Fitzgerald’s news conference announcing of Mr. Libby’s indictment.

Again, Armitage wanted to tell the truth about this, but Patrick Fitzgerald stopped him.

And how preposterous it is for Armitage to claim that by clamming up he was doing what President Bush wanted. How many times did Bush state that he wanted anyone involved to come forward?

And how often did our media and the rest of the lunatic left demand Bush fire Rove and Libby and Cheney because they were obviously the leakers — and that was what he said he would do?

But so what? It's on to the next lie for the New York Times and the rest of our one party media. And they never apologize.

And neither do their lickspittle lackey "prosecutors."

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, September 7th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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