May 25, 2014

THE GANG THAT CAN’T SHOOT STRAIGHT: White House PR Move Mistakenly “Outs” CIA Station Chief In Afghanistan.

So this is a lot worse than the Plame thing, right, where Richard Armitage outed a non-covert desk jockey and somehow Scooter Libby was punished. Can we expect the same degree of press attention? Note how the Post invokes the Plame story in the carefully-worded-to-mislead second paragraph, even while giving the White House the soft treatment here.

From the comments:

What stunning incompetence!

For your stupid or dishonest reporter’s information, it was Richard Armitage, Colin Powell’s top deputy, who exposed Valerie Plame’s identity to the late journalist Robert Novak. Armitage and Powell kept his role secret while Cheney and Libby were being falsely accused of doing what your reporter falsely claims. The record is unambiguous on this point. Armitage now admits that he was the leaker.

Doesn’t fit the narrative. The reporter’s name is Greg Miller. Note how his description is worded to give a false impression, but allow a weasely response to critics: “The only other recent case came under significantly different circumstances, when former CIA operative Valerie Plame was exposed as officials of the George W. Bush administration sought to discredit her husband, a former ambassador and fierce critic of the decision to invade Iraq.”