Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Plame May Sue Armitage

Valerie Plame, the CIA undercover agent outed by Robert Novak in 2003...well, you know the story...if not, read a condensed version here...anyway, she's thinking about suing Richard Armitage - who some people following the case on the internets have long suspected was the mysterious Mr X. Well, now the AP has uncovered some evidence that may move that suspicion a bit further:

Official State Department calendars, provided to The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act, show then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage held a one-hour meeting marked "private appointment" with Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward on June 13, 2003.

That was the same day Woodward met with a confidential source who spoke to him about Plame, according to a person familiar with information gathered by prosecutors. The person spoke only on condition of anonymity because the material remains sealed.
The calendar released to the AP is the first confirmation that Woodward and Armitage met during the key time in the CIA leak case.

Plame attorney Melanie Sloan said she was considering adding Armitage's name to the suit. Based on the calendar entry, Sloan said, "it sure sounds like" he was Woodward's source.

The real question, Sloan said, is whether Armitage revealed Plame's identity to columnist Robert Novak, who was the first to get the information into print. If so, she said that doesn't get Libby or others off the hook in the civil case, but it widens the conspiracy.

"Then I think maybe Armitage was in on it," Sloan said. "The question is just what was Armitage's role?"

Neither Woodward nor Armitage would discuss the meeting.

Woodward has always maintained that Plame's name just came up in casual conversation and was not provided to him as a leak on the administration's behalf. If Plame sues Armitage, I guess we'll find out.

h/t Raw Story

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