Lawyer Says Armitage Admits He Was Source Of CIA Leak August 30, 2006Posted by notapundit in Main, US News, White House.
NEW YORK (Dow Jones)–Richard L. Armitage, a former deputy secretary of state, has acknowledged that he was the person whose conversation with a columnist in 2003 prompted a long, politically laden criminal investigation in what became known as the C.I.A. leak case, a lawyer involved in the case said on Tuesday, The New York Times reported in its Wednesday editions.
Armitage did not return calls for comment, but the lawyer and other associates of Armitage have said he has confirmed that he was the initial and primary source for the columnist, Robert D. Novak, whose column of July 14, 2003, identified Valerie Wilson as a Central Intelligence Agency officer, the paper reported.
In the accounts by the lawyer and associates, Armitage disclosed casually to Novak that Ms. Wilson worked for the C.I.A. at the end of an interview in his State Department office. Armitage knew that, the accounts continue, because he had seen a written memorandum by Under Secretary of State Marc Grossman, who had taken up the task of finding out about Ms. Wilson after an inquiry from I. Lewis Libby Jr., chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, the paper added.