That's a load of shiite.EW has convinced us of all of these points before.
One can make the argument that Armitage leaked and covered it up with a stupid story. I certainly agree that it's implausible Armitage didn't know he was the leaker. But there are several aspects of this that are just BS.
The timing: Wow!!! The day after Pincus wrote a hard-hitting article, Woodward asked Armitage about it!!! Wow!!! And during a week when everyone in DC was talking about Joe Wilson, Armitage was too!! Wow, I'd say that's a smoking gun. Not. The timing is not at all suspicious.
The memo: It is almost certainly true that the paragraph in question was marked S/NF because of Wilson's trip, not Plame's identity. Because those involved didn't know Plame's identity (and if they did, it'd have been marked something else). So in fact, all of Armitage's statements about the memo are right. Yes, it was illegal to leak it. Yes, Armitage was a bonehead for being so lax about someone clearly tied to WMD. But there is no way anyone reading that memo would conclude Plame was covert.
And finally, Fiderer doesn't use the most basic logic to think through the proposed Armitage as fallguy for Libby story. It just doesn't make sense, not at all. Because if Armitage was the KNOWN fallguy for Libby, then Libby would not have perjured himself. Rove would not have perjured himself. Every action Rove and Libby took is inconsistent with Armitage being part of the plot. Did they use his role? Yup. But he wasn't part of it.
I am with EW. The most obvious, however, is not mentioned by anyone. Armitage was away when the memo was delivered and then Grossman's little talk with Libby. By June 12, Cheney was already talking about Plame, while on June 13 Armitage was only getting back and only taking a moment to look at the INR memo and the attachment of Rohn's note, which hardly gave any type of information other than who Joe Wilson was. So where did Cheney get his information and why did Libby already know many of the most classified points of this whole mess, namely, who she was and where she worked, before Novak's fat ass dragged itself over to State to visit Armitage, who said all of what? Novak was the last reporter and Armitage was the last source, even if you account for the meeting with Woody on June 13, Armitage still only had what was in the INR memo. Cheney, Libby, et al had by June 12 already discussed who she was in particular. So EW is right, this is total shiite.EW?
Somehow, however, since Armitage had to request the memo he was originally copied on to begin with at a later date would also suggest that the beefcake did not actually read the memo or at least the Rohn note.
does anyone have an opinion on why cheney wanted to out Plame?