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Grapevine Whine: Hume Twists Meaning

Reported by Judy - March 13, 2006

Brit Hume on Monday (March 13, 2006) slyly tried to change the impact of a statement by Bob Woodward's former editor to make it seem like the White House had nothing to do with the leaking of the identity of CIA agent Valeria Plame to reporters.

In his Grapevine segment, Hume reported that former Washington Post Executive Editor Ben Bradlee wrote recently that former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage may have been the source who told Woodward about Plame, the wife of a critic of the administration's Iraq policy, Joe Wilson.

Hume then went on to say that if so, that "would be a blow to the conspiracy theorists who have long claimed the White House leaked her name to intimiate her husband."

Well, no, it would not. The source of Woodward's leak has never been of much interest since he never wrote anything about Plame and he did not reveal that he had received a leak until after Cheney's chief of staff, L. Scooter Libby already had been indicted. The special prosecutor was concentrating on leaks to other people, not Woodward. Whoever leaked Plame's identity to Woodward is not necessarily connected to the leaks to other reporters.

That didn't bother Hume, who wants to dismiss as "conspiracy theorists" those who want to know if Libby acted on his own or with directions from others -- like Karl Rove or Dick Cheney.

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