Novak: "Did I Mention Richard Armitage Is a Dickbag?"

In addition to listing the misrepresentations Armitage is making publicly (and may just have also made before the grand jury), Novak lays the wood into his source with this:

Mrs. Wilson’s name appeared in my column July 14, 2003, but it was not until Oct. 1 that I heard about it from Armitage. Washington lobbyist Kenneth Duberstein, Armitage’s close friend and political adviser, called me to say the deputy secretary feared he had ‘‘inadvertently’’ (the word Armitage used in last week’s interviews) disclosed Mrs. Wilson’s identity to me in July and was considering resignation. (Duberstein’s phone call was disclosed in the Isikoff-Corn book, which used Duberstein as a source. They reported Duberstein was responsible for arranging my unexpected interview with Armitage.)

Duberstein told me Armitage wanted to know whether he was my source. I did not reply because I was sure that Armitage knew he was the source. I believed he contacted me Oct. 1 because of news the weekend of Sept. 27-28 that the Justice Department was investigating the leak. I cannot credit Armitage’s current claim that he realized he was the source only when my Oct. 1 column revealed that the official who gave me the information was ‘‘no partisan gunslinger.’’

Armitage’s silence the next 2œ years caused intense pain for his colleagues in government and enabled partisan Democrats in Congress to falsely accuse Rove of being my primary source. When Armitage now says he was mute because of special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s request, that does not explain his silence three months between his claimed first realization that he was the source and Fitzgerald’s appointment on Dec. 30. Armitage’s tardy self-disclosure is tainted because it is deceptive.

Based on this new evidence, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has announced his intention to seek an indictment against Robert Novak.

Posted by: Ace at 05:22 PM


1 "Dickbag?"


he's a smelly ballbag, and a tiny cocked coward.

Really, you need to spend more time being offendied.

Posted by: Wickedpinto at September 14, 2006 05:37 PM (QTv8u)

2 I hear that Fitzgerald is investigating the CEO's of three major telecommunications companies. There were phone calls made. Obviously NSA and their puppets in the phone industry were in this up to their asses!

Posted by: Lew Clark at September 14, 2006 05:49 PM (Hc2KB)

3 Fitz should indict himself for fraudulent use of public funds.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at September 14, 2006 06:38 PM (6CeBd)

4 "Based on this new evidence, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has announced his intention to seek an indictment against Robert Novak." -- Ace

ok., what am i missing? what "new evidence"? why, if armitage is the lying dirtbag, is novak going to be indicted? for what? based on what? armitage's lies? i thought novak was straight with fitzgerald from the beginning? is it because indicting armitage seems to make sense, that he's not being indicted?

i'm so confused, but you probably picked up on that already.

Posted by: confused at September 14, 2006 07:26 PM (eMQ9v)

5 I think that was a joke, since we know no indictment of Armitage will be forthcoming.

Posted by: pbrown at September 14, 2006 08:08 PM (7b6pT)

6 >To me this is Novak being a dickhead. Am I missing
> why it was necessary not to confirm what
> Duberstein was asking him? A simple yes would
> have sufficed. No?

Becasue Duberstein was obviously trying to get a second source of confirmation for when he leaked to Isikoff and Corn. Why should Novak help him source info he intends to leak?

Posted by: jmn at September 14, 2006 10:05 PM (s+V1c)






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