Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Colin Powell and Plamegate

After reading about Colin Powell's coverup in Plamegate, I am not the least bit impressed with the man. Powell chose to let President Bush, VP Cheney, Rove and Libby take a beating in the media for something that his state department was responsible for leaking.

Colin Powell has known for three years who the real leaker was and instead of stepping forward and taking responsibility, he let the media hang the President, VP, Rove and Libby for something they did not do.

Now we find out that three years ago, media darling Powell, bald faced lied to the media.

Check it out, from Bryon York at NRO-

On October 3, 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell talked to reporters after meeting with Laszlo Kovacs, the foreign minister of Hungary. The meeting went well, with nothing controversial to discuss. It went so well, in fact, that a reporter said to Powell, “Mr. Secretary, things are so smooth I thought I’d ask you about something else. The State Department is offering to help in the search for the person who leaked the CIA official’s name. Can you say something about that situation? How might the State Department help?”

“We have been asked by the Justice Department, those who are conducting this investigation, to make ourselves available for any purpose that they have,” Powell answered. Promising to cooperate fully, Powell added, “We are doing our searches in response to the letter we received yesterday, and make ourselves available. I’m not sure what they will be looking for or what they wish to contact us about, but we are anxious to be of all assistance to the inquiry.”

No one in the press corps knew it at the time, but if a newly published account of the CIA-leak case is accurate, Powell knew much, much more than he let on during that session with the press. Two days earlier, according to Hubris, the new book by the Nation’s David Corn and Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff, Powell had been told by his top deputy and close friend Richard Armitage that he, Armitage, leaked the identity of CIA employee Valerie Plame to columnist Robert Novak. Armitage had, in other words, set off the CIA-leak affair.

At the time, top administration officials, including President Bush, were vowing to “get to the bottom” of the matter. But Armitage was already there, and he told Powell, who told top State Department officials, who told the Justice Department. From the first week of October 2003, then, investigators knew who leaked Valerie Plame’s identity — the ostensible purpose of an investigation that still continues, a few months shy of three years after it began.


Colin Powell was "not sure what they will be looking for or what they wish to contact us about"???

Colin Powell knew exactly what the Justice department was looking for. Colin Powell should have just said that his department was fully cooperating with investigators and left it at that.

I have no respect for the man any more after reading about his involvement in this.

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