"So what possible wrinkles are there? I'd start with the odd claim that Armitage didn't realize his apparently crucial role until reading Novak's October 1, 2003 column.* jeralyn:
I've harped repeatedly on the fact that Novak has avoided saying clearly whether his conversation with his so-called primary source was actually the first time he'd learned about Joe Wilson's wife working for the CIA. Why did the now-indicted Lewis "Scooter" Libby tell so many lies to the FBI and the grand jury about what he knew regarding Plame's identity if he played no role in that information being passed along to Bob Novak? And why did Libby tell Ari Fleischer the exact information that Novak would attribute to his primary source just one day before Novakula met with Armitage? It seems to me that this mystery hasn't been fully resolved yet."
"It's curious to me that Fitz is giving Armitage and Rove a pass, but not Libby. Why? I think it has to do with the July 12 flight to Norfolk. Fitz has not yet closed his investigation. I suspect Cheney is still in his cross-hairs. And Ari Fleischer is a key witness against Libby. Somehow, I suspect Ari Fleishcher has given more to Fitzgerald than we know."
"Armitage may have told Novak and Woodward that Valerie was involved in some way in her husband’s selection as the CIA’s man-on-the-ground in Niger, but it appears, according to Isikoff at least, that he did not have knowledge at that point that she was a covert operative, which is an essential piece of the charging puzzle for Patrick Fitzgerald’s prosecution.
"For three years Plameologists have speculated on who the rat was within the administration that talked out of school. Most speculation has centered on Richard Armitage (although I always preferred George Tenet or Marc Grossman as the source). Is it possible that Richard Armitage told Mike Allen and Dana Priest about Rove and Libby's smear campaign on September 27th, and then realized on October 1st that he was, in fact, responsible for the leak of Plame's name?
This is a remarkable piece of history being written here. Armitage only realized he was Novak's primary source two and a half months after Novak published his story? He was distraught? Perhaps he needed a cover story to keep his job and stay out of jail.
Isikoff's story stinks. It doesn't add up."