So Mr. Armitage wasn’t telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth when he spilled the beans about himself being the source for Novak’s Plame story:
“When Richard Armitage finally acknowledged last week he was my source three years ago in revealing Valerie Plame Wilson as a CIA employee, the former deputy secretary of state’s interviews obscured what he really did,” Bob Novak claims in a column set for Thursday release.
Novak, attempting to set the record straight, writes: “First, Armitage did not, as he now indicates, merely pass on something he had heard and that he ‘thought’ might be so. Rather, he identified to me the CIA division where Mrs. Wilson worked, and said flatly that she recommended the mission to Niger by her husband, former Amb. Joseph Wilson. Second, Armitage did not slip me this information as idle chitchat, as he now suggests. He made clear he considered it especially suited for my column.”
Novak slams Armitage for holding back all this time.
Armitage’s silence for “two and one-half years caused intense pain for his colleagues in government and enabled partisan Democrats in Congress to falsely accuse Rove of being my primary source,” Novak explains.
“When Armitage now says he was mute because of special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s request, that does not explain his silent three months between his claimed first realization that he was the source and Fitzgerald’s appointment on Dec. 30. Armitage’s tardy self-disclosure is tainted because it is deceptive.”
Now that’s what I call not holding back. I was wondering how long this would take since the fact that he kept silent for so long pissed many reporters off. They had to endure being drug through the mud, Grand Jury trials, and even jail while Armitage kept silent.
Many people took his statement that it was all a slip of the tongue at face value, but he isn’t stupid. He knew what he was doing.
The question is why did he keep silent? Was it because he was a coward and let Libby and others go to jail for him or did the fact the story pounded the Bush administration into the ground lift his spirits, so he saw no need to come clean?
AJStrata believes the answer is that Armitage enjoyed the success this story was having against Bush:
I hate to say this, but I get the feeling the anti-Bush forces in State went all the way to Armitage and he kept silent because he was seeing the result he wanted in the press. I think Armitage may have played along with the Wilsons in this partisan dirty trick effort (President’s are not the only ones in government with powers to torque and effect elections).
Final point….Do not forget who is now employing this weasel….John McCain.
Final question….What did Fitz know and when did he know it?