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Democrat Valerie Plame released a very slickly produced but factually inaccurate video today in her bid for Congress in New Mexico’s open 3rd congressional district. In the video, Plame claims, “I was an undercover CIA operative… then Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff took revenge against my husband and leaked my identity. His Name? Scooter Libby. Guess who pardoned him last year?” A picture of President Trump is then displayed in the video.
Plame is lying. Scooter Libby did not leak her name. Richard Armitage, a deputy secretary of state under Colin Powell, leaked her name. This is not a theory. Armitage admitted that he leaked her name. This has been public knowledge since at least September 8, 2006, when the Washington Post published an article titled, “Armitage Says He Was Source of CIA Leak.”
Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage said yesterday that he believes he was the initial source for a 2003 newspaper column by Robert D. Novak that disclosed the CIA’s previously secret employment of Valerie Plame, the wife of a prominent critic of the U.S. war in Iraq. … Armitage also acknowledged making a similar offhand remark about Plame earlier in 2003 to Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward, who was researching a book about the decision to invade Iraq.
Both Robert Novak and Bob Woodward testified under oath that Armitage, not Libby, was their source. Woodward even had an audio tape, which was played in court, of Armitage telling him about Plame. Patrick Fitzgerald, the special counsel appointed to investigate the leak, discovered that Armitage was the source almost immediately after starting his investigation at the end of 2003. However, he never charged Armitage with divulging classified information and instead engaged in a witch hunt against Dick Cheney, ultimately charging Libby, not with leaking Plame’s name, but with lying to investigators about his conversations with reporters.
If Fitzgerald’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he is one of James Comey’s “personal attorneys.” Comey, the disgraced former FBI director, leaked classified information to Fitzgerald and others after he was fired by President Trump in 2017.
UPI reported on December 31, 2003, “Ashcroft recused from leak investigation“:
WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) — U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft recused himself from a probe into the leak of a CIA officer’s name, the Justice Department said Tuesday.
James Comey, deputy attorney general, said at a Washington news conference that he would now be the “acting attorney general for this case.” Comey said Ashcroft had suggested the appointment of a special counsel for the case. To fill that position, Comey choose U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick Fitzgerald.
Plame is betting that New Mexico Democrats in the 3rd District are too dumb to know how to use Wikipedia. Let’s hope she’s as wrong about that as she is about basic historical facts.