Valerie Plame Lies About Scooter Libby, Drives Camaro Backwards in New Campaign Ad

 


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.

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There are 14 comments.

  1. James Gawron Thatcher

    Max,

    Yes, another Democrat legend in her own mind. She’s the one she’s been waiting for. Hopefully, a good-sized semi will hit her head-on and spare us this ridiculous egomaniacal fruitcake as a US Congressperson.

    Then again she could be Joan of Arc to Corey Booker’s Spartacus. I just made myself nauseous.

    Regards,

    Jim 

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    • September 10, 2019, at 10:14 AM PDT
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  2. GLDIII Temporarily Essential Thatcher

    She is no longer married to that husband, another omission.

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    • September 10, 2019, at 10:15 AM PDT
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  3. Bob Thompson Member

    Was Libby pardoned? Wouldn’t that erase everything about this event involving him and make Plame’s allegation defamatory?

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    • September 10, 2019, at 10:20 AM PDT
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  4. Ralphie Member

    She should know of all people who leaked her name. But that wouldn’t be the political bait she needs. She’s already a shyster and hasn’t held public office yet. Most people don’t know, and don’t probably care, but it is critical that she is corrected. Her opponent needs to make the case you just did.

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    • September 10, 2019, at 10:49 AM PDT
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  5. Vance Richards Member

    Max Ledoux: 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

    Well sure it’s a lie, but saying that some career bureaucrat with no political bias leaked your name isn’t very exciting. And are we to assume that today people still get all creeped out when people say “Cheney” or “Halliburton”? 

    Take away the cool lies and false victimhood and you are left with a candidate like this guy . . . 

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    • September 10, 2019, at 10:56 AM PDT
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  6. Stad Thatcher

    Max Ledoux: Plame is lying.

    Obviously qualified for Congress . . .

    • #6
    • September 10, 2019, at 10:58 AM PDT
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  7. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    I think she’s seeking the coveted Comey endorsement. 

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    • September 10, 2019, at 11:01 AM PDT
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  8. Full Size Tabby Member

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    Was Libby pardoned? Wouldn’t that erase everything about this event involving him and make Plame’s allegation defamatory?

    Whether or not Libby was pardoned is not particularly relevant to whether Plame’s statement is defamatory. A pardon does not necessarily mean the conviction was wrong (even if the conviction had been for revealing the identity information, which it wasn’t).

    What is relevant to a libel or defamation lawsuit is that Plame’s statement is 1) factual (not opinion) and 2) false. Libby would need to prove in a libel (or defamation) suit is and that Plame knew the statement was false (or was recklessly indifferent to it truth or falseness), and that the statement is likely to damage his reputation. Both of those should be relatively easy to show. But, if Libby files a lawsuit, the matter is likely to become national news, rather than just a relatively local New Mexico matter, and Libby may not want to have that whole thing rehashed in the national media. 

     

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    • September 10, 2019, at 11:09 AM PDT
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  9. Full Size Tabby Member

    Ralphie (View Comment):

    She should know of all people who leaked her name. But that wouldn’t be the political bait she needs. She’s already a shyster and hasn’t held public office yet. Most people don’t know, and don’t probably care, but it is critical that she is corrected. Her opponent needs to make the case you just did.

    My definitely fuzzy, but I hope generally accurate, recollection is that the nature of her “undercover” work was not as glamorous as most people’s idea of “undercover CIA,” and that she and her husband, shortly after the leak, posed for a flattering magazine feature, so it’s not clear that the leaking of her identity was really a problem for her.

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    • September 10, 2019, at 11:14 AM PDT
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  10. Vance Richards Member

    Max Ledoux: 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.

    That instance it became very clear that the goal was not finding the truth, but getting somebody in the administration, which is pretty much true of all special counsels, unfortunately.

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    • September 10, 2019, at 11:16 AM PDT
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  11. Old Bathos Member

    Her self-inflating husband Joe Wilson is the only person ever referred to as a “blowhard” in a Washington Post editorial. However, she may outdo him with respect to unwarranted self-regard. It appears she now believes the movie version of herself.

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    • September 10, 2019, at 12:14 PM PDT
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  12. Henry Castaigne Member

    Conservatives need to develop an alternative media to counter-act lies. Not even left-wing opinion, but *+-%-$# dirty lies. In just world her pants would be continually burning. It’s like Dan Rather lying about how people in Texas were cheering the death of President Kennedy. A bunch of kids who didn’t know that Kennedy had died were happy that they got the day off. But that lie became truth to journalists who should know better. Jerkwads the lot of them.

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    • September 10, 2019, at 3:54 PM PDT
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  13. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Isn’t the Camero powered by a gasoline engine that requires fossil fuels, and more fossil fuels than normal if you’re driving it fast? You’d think that would get the woke Green New Dealers all agitated, but for the progressives in the state she’s running in, it’s actually a serious conundrum.

    Plame’s running in NM-3, which covers the northern part of the state, and outside of the Farmington area, has little in the way of oil & gas, but lots of mountains and valleys, so it’s where the progressives in the state tend to congregate. But New Mexico’s in a bit of a quandary right now because they just elected an environmentalist fanatic governor last year, who was hit by the reality once in office that New Mexico gets about 45 percent of its state revenues from the oil & gas industry in the southeastern quadrant of the state.

    If Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham follow through on her plans to eliminate fossil fuels, she kills off the funds her other big government programs need to operate, and the other progressive politicians in Santa Fe know it. Plame might, too, but if you assume she has national aspirations if she wins NM-3, she’s going to have to straddle the line between the bi-coastal elites who are her biggest backers, and the in-state voters — even the ones in NM-3 aren’t going to want their state budgets slashed almost in half in order to pander to woke environmental activist donors in New York, Washington or California.

    The Camero ad kind of shows Plame knows she’s not running for CA-3 or NY-3. But if I’m her GOP opponent (or even a moderate Democrat in the primary), I’d force her to choose between being loved on the coasts or having a chance to win in the district she wants to represent.

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    • September 10, 2019, at 7:05 PM PDT
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  14. Randy Weivoda Moderator

    When I’ve got time I’ll have to download this from Youtube and play it in very slow-motion to be sure. I think she may be driving an automatic and pretending it’s a manual by showing her moving both feet.

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    • September 12, 2019, at 5:35 AM PDT
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