November 12th, 2007
09:55 AM ET
6 years ago

Armitage: 'Foolish' to leak CIA agent's name

CNN's Wolf Blitzer interviews Richard Armitage on Late Edition Sunday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The man who revealed that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA said that he was "extraordinarily foolish" to leak her name.

Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview broadcast Sunday that he did not realize Plame was a covert agent when he discussed her with syndicated columnist Robert Novak.

Novak, a former CNN contributor, wrote the July 2003 column in which Plame was named as a CIA employee. He later cited his sources as Armitage and Karl Rove, then President Bush's top political adviser.

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  1. Former US Army Officer, Kansas

    He did not know she was "covert", the idenity and faces of Naval Seals are protected, he did not know that a CIA officer was "covert". Really, I was not aware that the identity of "CIA Officers" were basically open public knowledge whether their current assingnment was consider covert or not. After all members of the CIA, NSA, DIA go around all the time proclaiming who they work for and that they don't mind their identies being made public because today they are not covert, maybe tommrrow, then you can not print it.

    The last time I saw a felone in court tell the judge that he did not know what he had done was against the law the judges response was that "ignorance is no defense".

    This whole affair disgusts me, it is clear as the nose on my face that it was orchestraled to get back at Amb Wilson. Armitage was stroked like a fine fiddle by the White House if he is in fact the so called source.

    November 13, 2007 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. Z, St. Louis,MO.

    Oh really..You think Richie Boy..
    But i guess it's ok since your
    good buddy got you out of the jam
    in thanks for taking one for the team..As long as the job was done,and
    your loyal,it's all o.k. Thats the
    party line (either party really).
    But your a spineless wonder Armitage.
    You didnt stand up and tell your
    fuhrer "no". Instead you hurt the country in loyalty to a stupid
    political party.I hope that
    haunts you the rest of your life
    that you betrayed your country
    while in a posiition on power.

    November 13, 2007 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. DJ, Los Angeles, CA

    "This whole affair disgusts me, it is clear as the nose on my face that it was orchestraled to get back at Amb Wilson. Armitage was stroked like a fine fiddle by the White House if he is in fact the so called source."

    Exactly, sort of like the old my dog ate my homework excuse.

    Blame one of the lower level officials to take the fall, instead of acknowledge the fact the Bush Administration ordered this as an act of revenge.

    November 13, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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