Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Bradlee maybe's Armitage

From the Washington Post (my italics):

“Vanity Fair is reporting that former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee says it is reasonable to assume former State Department official Richard L. Armitage is likely the source who revealed CIA operative Valerie Plame's name to Post Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward.

In an article to be published in the magazine today, Bradlee is quoted as saying: "That Armitage is the likely source is a fair assumption." Armitage was deputy secretary of state in President Bush's first term.

In an interview yesterday, Bradlee said he does know the identity of Woodward's source and does not recall making that precise statement to a Vanity Fair reporter.”

Just what are we supposed to make of this?  It is even weirder when you consider that Bradlee, still riding his Watergate fame, is Mr. Washington Post, and you’d think his own paper might be able to pry something out of him rather than more bafflegab.  If you add to that the extraordinary way that Woodward has involved himself in the Libby-Plame story, you really have to wonder what the Washington Post is up to.