Friday, September 08, 2006
Armitage admits leaking Plame's identity


Richard Armitage told CBS: "I feel terrible" about revealing Valerie Plame's identity.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage regretfully acknowledged Thursday that he inadvertently revealed the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame to columnist Robert Novak in 2003, touching off a federal probe.

"I feel terrible," Armitage told CBS Evening News. "Every day, I think I let down the president. I let down the secretary of state. I let down my department, my family. And I also let down Mr. and Mrs. Wilson." (Full story)

In a column published on July 14, 2003, Novak, citing two senior administration officials, noted that Plame was a CIA operative. The column was primarily about Plame's husband, Joe Wilson, a former career diplomat and critic of the intelligence underlying the invasion of Iraq.

Novak never revealed the original source -- Armitage, who served under Secretary of State Colin Powell between 2001 and 2005. But he did confirm that President Bush's chief political strategist, Karl Rove, confirmed the confirmation and was the second source.

-- CNN's John King and Brian Todd contributed to this report.
Posted By CNN's Washington Bureau: 9/08/2006 11:59:00 AM ET | Permalink
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