Thursday, July 05, 2007

Armitage Was First Libby Leaker For A Reason

I spent 10 blood pressure raising minutes this evening screaming at Melanie Sloan on Hardball. If only she could have heard me.

It makes perfect sense the Richard Armitage was the first and primary leaker. I know because the "Beltway Insiders" told me


Armitage, a well-known gossip who loves to dish and receive juicy tidbits about Washington characters,

Weekly Standard

"a slip-up by an inveterate gossip--but one that occurred alongside a concerted White House effort to undermine a critic of the war."

Now doesn't that make sense?

Let's say you work in an office, and you have a vendetta against a co-worker that took your parking space. You have something that would tarnish that person's reputation. You want to destroy them.

Where do you start the rumours? With the friend in the next office that will just make fish eyes at the co-worker and tell no one?

Nope, you tell the person that will tell everyone else in the company.

Armitage couldn't help it, he liked to have the tidbits, the "insider info." So everything that came after that, every malicious, snide, threatening word could claim to be just echo from Armitage.

Not a concerted effort to destroy an enemy.


At 10:13 PM, Blogger Paddy said...

I love Melanie and CREW, but she dropped the ball on this one.

At 10:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how Richard Armitage came to know that Valire Plame worked for the CIA.

At 10:55 PM, Blogger gimmeabreak said...

Yeah, Paddy. She was stumbling all over herself and I was embarrassed for her.

At 2:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armitage was the first confirmation of her name. Someone else got her name out.

A lady from Cheney's circle bore witness to his confirmation of the Plame information. That does not mean he brought her name up. Others would drop items out and others would work plausibly to cofirm that 'Valerie Flame' had done WMD work, etc.

Armitage is simply being a plausible channel in the matter.

He also wasn't a senior position. That would fall on a department head.

That's why Rove, who confirmed her name, could not be charged specifically because he was never cleared. Whoever let Rove see it, that is another story(NSA).


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