Efterdønninger

Efter at Plame-sagen floppede, har der været enkelte mildt underholdende efterdønninger. The Wilsons har anlagt en civilsag for at holde liv i deres celebrity status som ofre for en væmmelig sammensværgelse, og har angiveligt nu også sagtsøgt Richard Armitage, der forleden bekræftede, hvad alle efterhånden havde gættet, nemlig at det var ham, som afslørede Mrs. Wilson/Plame’s tilknytning til CIA. Men det var ikke med vilje, hævder han. Det har så fået Robert Novak til at skrive nok en klumme, hvor han dels besværer sig over, at journalisterne i MSM var dumme nok til at opfatte ham som del af en Bush-sammensværgelse, dels sparker til Armitage, der åbenbart ikke bare kom til at afsløre, men gjorde det med vilje. Hvad Armitage selvfølgelig straks har benægtet. The show goes on and on and …

Her er et par klip fra Novaks klumme i dag fra WaPo:

An accurate depiction of what Armitage actually said deepens the irony of his being my source. He was a foremost internal skeptic of the administration’s war policy, and I had long opposed military intervention in Iraq. Zealous foes of George W. Bush transformed me, improbably, into the president’s lapdog. But they cannot fit Armitage into the left-wing fantasy of a well-crafted White House conspiracy to destroy Joe and Valerie Wilson. The news that he, and not Karl Rove, was the leaker was devastating for the left. …

Armitage’s silence for the next 2 1/2 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 silent three months between his claimed first realization that he was the source and Fitzgerald’s appointment on Dec. 30, 2003. Armitage’s tardy self-disclosure is tainted because it is deceptive.

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