Jul 13 2006

Plame End Game

Published by at 10:40 am under All General Discussions

Novak has been putting quite a punctuation mark on the Blame Game and quite a dunce hat on prosecutor Fitzgerald with all his revelations. On FOX News’ Special Report with Brit Hume (which I missed) he lays out some interesting points. First off we see the indications that it was Armitage and the State Department who leaked to Novak in the course of discussing foreign policy in general, and Wilson’s Niger trip in particular:

NOVAK: In person. He gave me an interview. An hour-long interview, nobody else present. There is countervailing rule that you know is not to be attributed to me. We didn’t sit down and sign a contract, but you knew it was because he was very candid. We talked about a lot of things including Joe Wilson’s mission to Niger, which he was making a great deal of — paying a lot of attention to as a reason why the president misstated the need to go intervene in Iraq.

And in the course of that interview he I said, “Why would they send Joe Wilson to Niger? Why would the CIA send him there? He’s not a CIA agent, he is not anybody who knows Niger that well; he served there a long time ago.”

He said his wife worked in the Office of Nuclear Proliferation in the CIA and she suggested he go.

NOVAK: I think the conversation started about other things. About general foreign policy and administration policy and this was just a few days after the Joe Wilson column had appeared and I started to ask him about the Joe Wilson column, asked some questions about it, which he
answered to me and which I assumed was a background basis and then he volunteered this information about Mrs. Wilson.

Clearly the topics suggest someone in State as opposed to someplace else. I think it is time for Richard Armitage to come clean and remove the stain his inadvertant comment left on Rove and Libby. Armitage owes these men that much. Armitage also needs to explain how he found out and whether all this was provided by long time Wilson bud Marc Grossman who worked for Armitage. I doubt it, but I would like to know for sure.

It is also clear there was no effort on the administration’s side to get the news out about Plame. Armitage clearly did not mean to leak anything classified:

NOVAK: I don’t believe there was a conscious effort to manipulate me. As I said in the column that ran today, subsequent to the announcement of the federal investigation of this, a third party who is close to the source called me up and said that this source believes that he inadvertently gave me information that was classified about Mrs. Wilson.

Whether it was inadvertent or not, I don’t believe that it was a conscious leak. He always said a couple times in the column, I said, this is not a political gunslinger, this official was not known as somebody who did a lot of political manipulations. He is more of a substantive person.

And Karl Rove did not (a) call Novak or (b) bring up the matter of Wilson or Plame – Novak initiated both:

NOVAK: I called Rove.

HUME: And did you call for the purpose of getting this confirmed or did this come up in passing?

NOVAK: I called him for several reasons. I wanted to talk about the column I was writing about the mission to Niger. Almost all of my conversations with Rove were not for attribution and in the course of that I told him. I asked him about Wilson’s wife at the CIA, working with the CIA and initiating this visit and as I remember the conversation very distinctly, Karl said to me, “Yes, I know that, too.”

In fact, the only person who called Novak to influence the story was the CIA spokesman Bill Harlow who gave out more details!

blockquote>NOVAK: I called him [Harlow], he said, “I’ll get back to you” and he talked to somebody — I just guessed he talked to the CIA director, George Tenet, I had no idea if that’s true. He came back to me and he told me yes, she worked for the CIA in the Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction and he told me that Mrs. Wilson did not suggest the mission by her husband, but she was asked to get him to do it by other people in the CIA.

That subsequently was repudiated by a report by the Senate
Intelligence Committee, which … Said she suggested it and there were no Democratic dissenters.

But as a matter of fact, her life wasn’t in danger and he said it is very unlikely she would ever go to Europe. That meant to me that she was not doing any kind of work as an agent in Europe. So, all he was saying is it might be embarrassing to her if she went on a vacation trip with her husband if she was identified as a CIA person and that wasn’t a good enough reason for keeping her name out.

Emphasis mine. I think it is clear Harlow called Plame and she is the one who told him the lie about her role in Joe’s trip – which she and Joe Wilson stood by until the Senate uncovered her memo recommending Joe. In fact, we know this (2002) to be the second time she had sent Joe to Niger for the CIA. The first time was in 1999. So there is only one person who would try and deny the obvious: Plame. Harlow relayed a lie and is now trying to stand by it.

Which brings us around to Fitzgerald who was supposed to investigate who leaked her name and was a crime involved. Since Armitage did not know Plame’s status when he told Novak, the leak was unintentional (not to mention Plame was not a overseas agent since the twins were born in 2000). It is also clear Plame did not lie low in DC since Novak found her so easily. Therefore this investigation should have shutdown right then and there. But Fitzgerald was on a Republican Witch Hunt and kept it going 3 more years and now has someone in court for not remembering marginal and unimportant details of phone calls from the summer of 2003. In each indictment point for Libby, Libby says he DID discuss Plame and reporters are saying he did not. Want kind of insanity is this? Fitzgerald is truly out of his mind.

9 responses so far

9 Responses to “Plame End Game”

  1. crosspatch says:

    You have to wonder about Valerie’s book deal at this point. Is she going to be yesterday’s news before the book ever hits the shelves?

  2. clarice says:

    I recall reading earlier that Harlow spoke to JOE WILSON after his first call from Novak. If so, Wilson was his source about the genesis of the Mission to Niger, AJ.

  3. MerlinOS2 says:

    Therefore this investigation should have shutdown right then and there. But Fitzgerald was on a Republican Witch Hunt and kept it going 3 more years and now has someone in court for not remembering marginal and unimportant details of phone calls from the summer of 2003.


    This will be the history and the summation of all this situation. Your analysis of this case from the begining is being supported by the facts.

    Now we will have to observe where the MSM will go with all this. The bridge has collapsed, but all they will most likely report is the splash in the river below.

  4. AJStrata says:


    Do you recall where you saw that? That would be huge! Maybe Val was out shopping?

  5. MerlinOS2 says:

    Oh yeah, this is gonna be good

    WASHINGTON, Jul 13, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Valerie Plame Wilson, Ambassador Joseph Wilson and their counsel, Christopher Wolf of Proskauer Rose LLP, will hold a news conference at 10 AM EDT on Friday, July 14 at 10:00 AM at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045, to announce the filing of a civil lawsuit against I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice-President Richard Cheney and Karl Rove.

    Valerie Plame Wilson
    Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV
    Christopher Wolf, Esq.

    News conference to announce filing of civil lawsuit

    Friday, July 14, 2006
    10:00 AM

    National Press Club
    529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
    Washington, DC 20045


    Constitutional law scholar Erwin Chemerinsky, who is Of Counsel in the Wilson lawsuit, will be available for interviews following the news conference at (323) 931-8612 or by leaving a message at (919) 613-7173.

    For any technical or logistical questions about the news conference, contact George Arfken at the National Press Club, (202) 662-7597.

    SOURCE: Proskauer Rose LLP

    National Press Club
    George Arfken, 202-662-7597

  6. patch says:


    Joe Wilson is suing. In a civil suit, one of the defenses is mutual discovery. Every part of Wilson’s life will be under a microscope in order for the defense to impeach.

    Is he nuts? (rhetorical question)

    This will also allow the defense to get Valerie Plame-Wilson into the dock. Every single one of her friends and associates will be under examination. (The CIA will love that…)

    I hope Joe’s attorneys aren’t doing this on a contingency basis.

  7. patch says:

    “Constitutional law scholar Erwin Chemerinsky”

    Do a search. His biography reads like he’s a mediocrity.

  8. Enlightened says:

    Folks, rest assured – Valerie Plame is not what she appears. Joseph Wilson is an idiot and does not have the sac to put this civil suit forward. She is the driving force behind this whole charade. And she will put herself forward as the ultimate whistleblower. If you think the NYT leaks – wait till VP starts spewing. She has had 3 years (if not more) to construct her Tall Mapes Tale . She has let her trained moron do her speaking for 3 years and she is just about ready to burst. She has ten times the brains of the monkey she sleeps with – she could be devastating if not handled properly.

  9. sammy small says:

    This is most likely designed to keep her life before the news media as she preps her book for release. I seriously doubt she will follow through.