I have argued over the past few years that the coverage of the Valerie Plame story amounted to journalistic malpractice. Is it also a example of prosecutorial malpractice? There is an argument to be made in light of recent revelations. The Texas Rainmaker asks:
So, Armitage admitted being the leaker and was promptly investigated by the Justice Department investigators... even "aggresively investigated" by special counsel Fitzgerald.When I first posted evidence of Armitage as the leaker, some readers asked why they should care. Captain Ed tells us with much more on the significance of recent revelations.
Within months of Novak's article, investigators knew exactly who had leaked... and had "found no evidence" that an "outing" was intentional. So the big question now is why did Fitzgerald continue his investigation for another two years until he was able to indict an administration official for a bad memory?
Maybe another investigation should be launched...
The more I think about this, the angrier I get -- and not just at Patrick Fitzgerald. Richard Armitage confessed to the DoJ in October 2003, and then sat on his ass for the next three years as the media and the Left play this into a paranoid fantasy of conspiracies and revenge. I know Armitage dislikes Rove, Libby, Cheney, and Bush, but what kind of man sits around while the world accuses people of a "crime" that he himself committed? Armitage did nothing while the nation spent years and millions of dollars chasing a series of red herrings, never speaking out to remove the mystery and end the witch hunt. Even three years later, Armitage hasn't mustered the testicular fortitude to publicly admit that he leaked Plame's identity and status; he has Isikoff and Corn do it for him.For those who missed my recent post, John McCain has listed Armitage as one of his foreign policy advisors.
Armitage should be through in politics, but he'll catch on with a presidential campaign this year. Watch very carefully to see which one has him as an "advisor" on foreign affairs. It'll reflect poorly on the candidate who continues an association with this bitter apparatchik.
Sister Toldjah has a great post on this story with lots of updates.