Newsweek's Michael Isikoff reveals that Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage admitted to leaking Valerie Plame 's name — but that the State Department held that information back.
This is revealed in Isikoff's upcoming book, "Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War," written with The Nation's David Corn and State Department intelligence chief Carl Ford Jr. Armitage apparently let the tidbit slip to Robert Novak in an unguarded moment, and realized that he was the source when Novak revealed in a column that the source was a senior administration officially who was "not a partisan gunslinger". Revealed Armitage to Colin Powerll: "I'm sure he's talking about me." State Department officials Armitage, Powell and William Howard Taft IV, the State Department's legal adviser did not reveal the information, which was, according to Isikoff, that "rarest of Washington phenomena: a hot secret that never leaked."
Earlier this week it was revealed that Armitage may have also told Bob Woodward about Plame's identity. It was previously established that Karl Rove had confirmed to Novak that "Wilson's wife" — the identity of which was just a Who's Who entry away — worked at the CIA, and also revealed that information to Time's Matt Cooper; separately, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, told the New York Times' Judith Miller.