Sunday, August 27, 2006

Karl Rove: Maybe Not Quite As Evil As They Say

According to Michael Isikoff, the evidence is that Karl Rove was not the Valerie Plame leaker after all. Isikoff says it was Richard Armitage, then Colin Powell's no. 2 man at the State Department:
Armitage, a well-known gossip who loves to dish and receive juicy tidbits about Washington characters, apparently hadn't thought through the possible implications of telling Novak about Plame's identity. "I'm afraid I may be the guy that caused this whole thing," he later told Carl Ford Jr., State's intelligence chief. Ford says Armitage admitted to him that he had "slipped up" and told Novak more than he should have. . . .

The disclosures about Armitage, gleaned from interviews with colleagues, friends and lawyers directly involved in the case, underscore one of the ironies of the Plame investigation: that the initial leak, seized on by administration critics as evidence of how far the White House was willing to go to smear an opponent, came from a man who had no apparent intention of harming anyone.
What a disappointment this must be to Joe Wilson, who wanted Rove marched out of the White House in handcuffs.


Anonymous starbender said...

I think they are ALL LEAKERS!
Where's the loyalty anymore?

Posted by starbender

Sunday, August 27, 2006 5:59:00 AM  
Anonymous DL said...

What did Colin Powell know and when did he know it? 

Posted by DL

Monday, August 28, 2006 5:17:00 AM  
Anonymous FredTownWard said...

At this point I have to conclude something I didn't want to conclude: Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald has been corrupted. Not by politics (as far as I know) and certainly not by money but rather corrupted by (prosecutorial) power. It is perfectly clear now that Fitzgerald knew, KNEW FOR A FACT early on, that neither Scooter Libby nor Karl Rove were anything worse than sources of confirmation about Plame's identity and certainly NOT engaged in any sort of deliberate attempt to out Valerie Plame. So what did Fitzgerald do? Drop the investigation because the primary leaker was cooperating and had no discernible motive to commit a crime? No, he decides to try for months and months to entrap Libby and Rove into committing "process crimes" by committing perjury during the continued investigation of a "mystery" Fitzgerald had ALREADY SOLVED!

Until now I've been saying that the chances of Libby getting convicted are ZERO. Now that Fitzgerald can plausibly be accused of entrapment, I think they are a lot less. 

Posted by FredTownWard

Monday, August 28, 2006 2:50:00 PM  

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