This is quite the dumb headline from the AP:
Valerie Plame, a former US spy whose identity was leaked by someone in President George W. Bush's administration, tells @AP she is considering a run for Congress in New Mexico. https://t.co/UggDXwLBmp
— AP West Region (@APWestRegion) April 5, 2019
“Someone,” they say?
— Drew McCoy (@_Drew_McCoy_) April 5, 2019
It’s a real Scooby-Doo mystery!
We may never know who!
— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) April 5, 2019
The “someone” has a name, and it’s not the narrative Dems portrayed during that whole fake scandal:
Richard Armitage. Are you bozos a news organization?
— JWF (@JammieWF) April 5, 2019
And the AP is claiming Armitage leaked her name to “discredit her then-husband Joe Wilson”:
Plame became a national figure after her identity as a CIA operative was leaked by an official in President George W. Bush’s administration in 2003 in an effort to discredit her then-husband Joe Wilson.
Except Armitage leaked her name by accident and not to discredit Wilson. From CBS News in 2006:
In July 2003, Armitage told columnist Robert Novak that Ambassador Wilson’s wife worked for the CIA, and Novak mentioned it in a column. It’s a crime to knowingly reveal the identity of an undercover CIA officer. But Armitage didn’t yet realize what he had done.
So, what exactly did he tell Novak?
“At the end of a wide-ranging interview he asked me, ‘Why did the CIA send Ambassador (Wilson) to Africa?’ I said I didn’t know, but that she worked out at the agency,” Armitage says.
Armitage says he told Novak because it was “just an offhand question.” “I didn’t put any big import on it and I just answered and it was the last question we had,” he says.
Armitage adds that while the document was classified, “it doesn’t mean that every sentence in the document is classified.
“I had never seen a covered agent’s name in any memo in, I think, 28 years of government,” he says.
Well, good luck we guess. Hopefully, this goes better for Plame than that whole purchase of Twitter thing:
"In 2017, the Wilsons launched an unsuccessful crowdfunding effort to buy Twitter so Trump couldn’t use it. At the time, Plame said if she didn’t get enough funding to purchase a majority of shares, she would explore options to buy "'a significant stake.'" https://t.co/LDpwkInjvI
— Nathan McDermott (@natemcdermott) April 5, 2019