Fitzmas Update 8/21/06

Brian Zick

One of the few remaining mysteries (well, sorta) of the case has been resolved. Woodward met with Armitage. And so Armitage was the first administration official to drop Valerie Plame's name in connection with Joe Wilson's Niger trip. Matt Apuzzo and John Solomon for AP report: Then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage met with Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward in mid-June 2003, the same time the reporter has testified an administration official talked to him about CIA employee Valerie Plame.Armitage's official State Department calendars, provided to The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act, show a one-hour meeting marked "private appointment" with Woodward on June 13, 2003. (…) Woodward has said Plame came up incidentally during an interview he was conducting for a book he wrote on the Iraq war. He said the source told him that Plame was a CIA analyst on weapons of mass destruction, and no evidence has emerged in public that Woodward's source actually knew she had been a covert agent.

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