Plame Sues Armitage

Valerie Plame sued Richard Armitage today over his role in her whole super duper secret spy non-outing.

One-time covert CIA officer Valerie Plame on Wednesday sued the former No. 2 official at the State Department for violating her privacy rights.

The suit does not accuse Richard Armitage, who was deputy secretary of state in the Bush administration, of participating in an administration conspiracy to blow her cover.

Plame added Armitage’s name to a civil suit in U.S. District Court against Vice President Dick Cheney, his former chief of staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby and White House adviser Karl Rove.

Plame and her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, say the White House leaked Plame’s identity as retribution for Wilson’s criticisms of prewar intelligence on Iraq.

Armitage admitted last week that he told two reporters in 2003 that Plame worked for the CIA, but he said the disclosure was inadvertent. Armitage said he knew of no plan to leak Plame’s identity; some people said that admission disproved the conspiracy theory.

By adding Armitage’s name to the suit, Plame’s lawyers set up a different scenario. They contend a White House conspiracy existed, but that Armitage’s leak was independent of it. I will be surprised if this goes to trial, due to all the questions Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame will be required to answer in discovery alone. It might also get a bit difficult if the Wilsons have to change their fantasy scenario again, as they have already had to do to fit the Armitage leak into their story. In this case, though, anything could happen. If it does go to trial we should at least get one heck of a show.

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