Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The Man Who Said Too Much

A book coauthored by NEWSWEEK's Michael Isikoff details Richard Armitage's central role in the Valerie Plame leak.


Sept. 4, 2006 issue - In the early morning of Oct. 1, 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell received an urgent phone call from his No. 2 at the State Department. Richard Armitage was clearly agitated. As recounted in a new book, "Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War," Armitage had been at home reading the newspaper and had come across a column by journalist Robert Novak. Months earlier, Novak had caused a huge stir when he revealed that Valerie Plame, wife of Iraq-war critic Joseph Wilson, was a CIA officer. Ever since, Washington had been trying to find out who leaked the information to Novak. The columnist himself had kept quiet. But now, in a second column, Novak provided a tantalizing clue: his primary source, he wrote, was a "senior administration official" who was "not a partisan gunslinger." Armitage was shaken. After reading the column, he knew immediately who the leaker was. On the phone with Powell that morning, Armitage was "in deep distress," says a source directly familiar with the conversation who asked not to be identified because of legal sensitivities. "I'm sure he's talking about me."


  1. Anonymous5:45 PM

    This is yesterdays News infact just about everything on here is yesterdays news please come up with something new.

  2. Well, I think this is pretty big news, even though it should have been revealed about a few years ago. I'm sorta peeved at Isikoff and Co. for waiting to write this story until they had a book coming out.

  3. I think it is huge too, never mind Ole Rocky. He has actual live squirrels living in the cavity that should hold his brains.

    Yeah Isikoff should have had the grapes to publish this earlier. No one has the conviction to stand up and change the world.

  4. Anonymous6:18 PM

    If you guys had taken some time to listen to Knovack and I will restate it He said in an interview that Plame was outed by a double agent a few years back words out of his mouth, and no it is not big news, if it was Wolf Blitzer would be all over it, it is just another low level item just was Plame was another low level CIA employee, you know she was nothing more than a desk jockey doing admin work as opposed to uncover.