armitage takes the blame for ‘plamegate’

armitage takes the blame for 'plamegate'from boston globe: The former number two State Department official said yesterday he inadvertently disclosed the identity of CIA employee Valerie Plame Wilson in conversations with two reporters in 2003.

Confirming he was the source of a leak that triggered a federal investigation, former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said he never intended to reveal Plame Wilson’s identity. He apologized for his conversations with syndicated columnist Robert Novak and Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward.

For almost three years, an investigation led by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has tried to determine whether Bush administration officials intentionally revealed Plame Wilson’s identity as a covert operative to punish her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, for criticizing the Bush administration’s march to war with Iraq.

“I made a terrible mistake, not maliciously, but I made a terrible mistake,” Armitage said in a telephone interview from his home last night.

He said he did not realize Plame Wilson’s job was covert.