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Q: So I've noticed you haven't done anything on the whole Valerie Plame story since the Armitage story broke. Why not invite Joe Wilson on the show to defend himself?
A: Because he'd say basically the same thing he always says. 'My wife had no involvement in getting me the mission.' He'd just repeat it over and over.
Q: Maybe, but isn't it at least worth showing your viewers that this guy has no credibility considering how much you talked about the story before? Shouldn't he be held accountable for wasting all our time? Why not invite one of his representatives or defenders on the show?
A: Well, the story's just gotten so complicated. I mean, it's just such a mess. Because what if it's true that Armitage was the source, but those other guys [presumably Rove and Scooter Libby], also were leakers, what then?
Update 23:12. On tonight's edition of "Hardball," Matthews ended his boycott of the Plame story, wondering if Armitage was set up to be a patsy by Bush White House staff.
By Jason Leopold
The April 5 court filing says I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, and National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley were two of the key figures who were involved in conversations and meetings at Cheney's office in which White House officials discussed ways of striking back against Wilson's criticism of the administration's war effort. Karl Rove was also involved in the discussions.
The court document Fitzgerald filed in April did not name any other White House officials who were involved in the Wilson smear campaign, but it's well-known that Vice President Cheney, Libby and Rove led the effort. Rove told Novak that Plame worked at the CIA on July 8, 2003, the same day Armitage spoke to the columnist. Evidence has not been produced that proves Armitage spoke to Novak first.
Libby - not Armitage - spoke to Judith Miller on July 8, 2003, and told her about Plame's work at the CIA. Moreover, Rove - not Armitage - spoke to Matt Cooper of Time Magazine on July 11, 2003, and told him that Plame worked for the CIA. Libby was indicted on five counts of perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly deceiving FBI investigators and the grand jury about how he discovered Plame worked for the CIA and whether he shared that with reporters.
Originally posted by Justin Oldham
To be blunt about it, Armitage got liquered up one night and shot his big mouth off to a member of the press. He knew what a certain Mr. Wilson was up to...a chance to get some pay-back for being so rudely tossed aside.
Even I know some things that my former bosses hope that I never talk about. What Mr. Armitage did was poorly thought out, although it must still be immensely satisfying to him.
The problem is the VAST, VAST majority of the country DISagrees with you and supports the 2 party system.
Originally posted by Valhall
This doesn't even make sense. You've said nothing whatsoever. What did he know "Mr. Wilson was up to"? Why would outting Plame be any kind of pay back? And why would he feel satisfied about what he did? And lastly, why the hell are people in our upper government who are so immature they can't take an administration change and the accompanying staff changes without (what you are alleging) acting like a 2 year old.