Armitage confirms he was Novak's source for Plame leak

Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has confirmed that he was the first Bush Administration official to leak CIA operative Valerie Plame's name to Bob Novak.

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"In the accounts by the lawyer and associates," The New York Times reports today, "Mr. Armitage disclosed casually to Mr. Novak that Ms. Wilson worked for the C.I.A. at the end of an interview in his State Department office. Mr. Armitage knew that, the accounts continue, because he had seen a written memorandum by Under Secretary of State Marc Grossman.

"Mr. Grossman had taken up the task of finding out about Ms. Wilson after an inquiry from I. Lewis Libby Jr., chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney. Mr. Libby’s inquiry was prompted by an Op-Ed article on May 6, 2003, in The New York Times by Nicholas D. Kristof and an article on June 12, 2003, in The Washington Post by Walter Pincus."
Let me get this straight. Scooter Libby's "investigation" of Joe Wilson's wife was prompted by pieces by Nick Kristoff and Walter Pincus, and not the infamous Niger Op/Ed by Plame's husband, Joe Wilson? Right.

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