Remorseless Novak Says "I'd Print Plame's Name Again"

This post, written by Michael Roston, originally appeared on Raw Story

When Robert Novak publishes his memoir, The Prince of Darkness, 50 Years Reporting in Washington, the conservative political pundit will seek to settle some scores with colleagues in the nation's capitol. But he won't be expressing any regrets for printing the name of and 'outing' covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, according to a Tuesday report in 'Washington Whispers,' a blog published by US News and World Report.

"Novak was investigated in the CIA spy case, slammed by fellow journalists for 'outing' an agent, the subject of what he calls false stories, kicked off his regular CNN gig, and barred from Meet the Press for two years-and out $160,000 in legal fees," Paul Bedard, who acquired a copy of the forthcoming book, writes. "Still, he writes, 'Judging it on the merits, I would still write the story.'"

The pundit also has choice words for Ambassador Joe Wilson, Plame's husband, who was sent by the CIA to investigate claims that Niger was selling uranium oxide or yellowcake to Iraq.

"He kept saying, 'We did this'' and 'We did that.' The 'we,' I soon surmised, consisted of the National Security Council staff in the departed Clinton administration. He was making clear that 'we' handled affairs better than 'they'--the Bush NSC--did now," Novak reportedly writes. "In view of what followed, I hope I can be excused for the vulgarism that crossed my mind: 'What an asshole!'"

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