Did Richard Armitage Leak Valerie Plame’s Name?
Update: The NYT reports that Armitage has admitted that he was Novak’s source.
It seems more and more likely that Colin Powell’s deputy at State, Richard Armitage, leaked Valerie Plame’s name to Robert Novak, as Political Animal says. Richard Armitage seems to be a straight shooter, which would justify Novak’s comment that his source was not a partisan gun slinger. However, if that’s the case, why hasn’t Armitage come forward? Novak called for his source to identify himself last week on “Meet the Press.”
It’s possible that Armitage did not leak Plame’s name, but only mentioned something about Amb. Joe Wilson’s wife. Then Novak may have looked up Joe Wilson in Who’s Who, where I think Wilson’s wife is listed as Valerie Plame.
It seems likely that Armitage is cooperating with Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald on the Plame case, and thus may be a witness when Scooter Libby’s case comes to trial, but we may not know before then.