RUSH: Do you remember Valerie Plame? Do you remember how you heard about her? Do you really remember how you first heard about Valerie Plame? Robert Novak, the late Robert Novak wrote a column in which he casually mentioned that he’d been told that Valerie Plame, wife of Joe Wilson, had been over there supposedly on a mission assessing Iranian and other Middle Eastern nuclear capabilities. Supposedly Novak outed her as a CIA agent, and thus destroyed her career and ruined her life and made her a target.
This begot a special prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, to dig deep to find out who it was that told Novak, except by the time Fitzgerald got in gear, we already knew. It was a guy named Richard Armitage, who worked with Colin Powell at the State Department who had outed Valerie Plame. Novak did not reveal his source at first. But it came to be known that it was Armitage who did it. A man by the name of Scooter Libby was found guilty of it in a witch hunt, and for years the media was obsessed with who in the world would out this woman. Why, what kind of ignorance and lack of attention, what kind arrogance could lead to people simply outing the identity of a very brilliant, it was said, very effective, just totally valuable CIA agent, Valerie Plame.
RUSH: You know, actually as I remember it, Richard Armitage outed Valerie Plame to Bob Woodward first a month before Robert Novak found out about it. And Armitage said, “Yeah, Wilson, he’s mad about all kinds of stuff, and, you know, his wife is over the agency.” It was Wilson that was telling people, when you get right down to it. But the whole thing was outrageous. Scooter Libby didn’t do anything, but forget that. The media couldn’t let go of it.
It was so bad. It was life-threatening. It destroyed this woman’s life and her marriage and her world, and oh, my God, it was horrible. And they let go the name of the station chief at Kabul and it’s just an accident, not intentional, didn’t mean anything by it, unfortunate, name got posted in a list that it wasn’t supposed to, blah, blah, blah, blah. Sickening, this double standard that exists, because it’s destructive.