Columnist Robert D. Novak, who first revealed Valerie Plame's employment by the CIA and touched off a lengthy federal leak investigation, is accusing his primary source of misrepresenting their conversation to make the source's role in the disclosure seem more casual than it was.LSB: Whatever happened to Bush’s assertion that the White House was investigating and anyone caught leaking to the press would be fired? Not only has no one gone to jail for these treasonous leaks, but no one has even been reprimanded. (Libby was indicted for lying to the prosecutor, not for his part in the leaks.) Had this been the Clinton White House, impeachment proceedings would have been playing out on live TV during these final weeks before the election. Where is the MSM in all of this?
In an unusual column that appears today, Novak says his initial source, former deputy secretary of state Richard L. Armitage, was more sure of Plame's ties to the CIA than the source has indicated. Novak adds that Armitage linked her directly to her husband's CIA-sponsored trip to Niger and suggested the disclosure would be a good item for Novak's column.
This differs from Armitage's assertions last week that his disclosure was made in an offhand manner and that he did not know why Plame's husband was sent to Niger.
Armitage, in an interview yesterday, said he stood by his account and disputed Novak's.
Friday, September 15, 2006