'Clean as an F'ing whistle:' Expletive-laden audio of CIA leaker released
The defense in the I. Lewis Libby trial began today by calling one of its first witnesses, Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, to the stand. Woodward testified about a June 13, 2003 conversation he had with Richard Armitage, then Deputy Secretary of State, in which Armitage revealed to him the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame.
CNN obtained an audio recording in which Armitage is heard saying in reference to Joseph Wilson, "His wife is in the agency and is a WMD analyst. How about that shit?" The recording was played today at the Libby trial.
While on the stand, Woodward said that he never wrote about that conversation, and that he met with Libby a couple of weeks later but does not recall whether he asked Libby about Plame. Columnist Robert Novak, whose column outing Plame led to the FBI probe into who revealed Plame's identity, also pointed to Armitage as a source for the information.
A video of CNN's coverage is below, which includes the recording of Richard Armitage and Bob Woodward played today in the courtroom, followed by a transcript, with expletives included.
On CNN, Wolf Blitzer said the audio was of the "man who actually leaked information about Valerie Plame." However, it is still unknown whether or not Armitage is the original leaker. CNN also mistakenly states at various times in the report that the conversation took place in July of 2003.
RAW STORY transcript:
Woodward: ...What's Scowcroft up to?
Armitage: [unintelligible] Scowcroft is looking into the yellowcake thing...
Woodward: Oh yeah?
Armitage: As the PFIAB.
Woodward: Yeah. What happened there?
Armitage: They're back together. [coughs] They knew with yellowcake, the CIA is not going to be hurt by this one--
Woodward: I know, that's--
Armitage: -- Hadley and Bob Joseph know. It's documented. We've got our documents on it. We're clean as a fucking whistle. And George personally got it out of the Cincinnati speech of the president.
Woodward: Oh he did?
Armitage: Oh yeah.
Woodward: Oh really?
Woodward: It was taken out?
Armitage: Taken out. George said you can't do this.
Woodward: How come it wasn't taken out of the State of the Union then?
Armitage: Because I think it was overruled by the types down at the White House. Condi doesn't like being in the hot spot. But she--
Woodward: But it was Joe Wilson who was sent by the agency. I mean that's just--
Armitage: His wife works in the agency.
Woodward: --Why doesn't that come out? Why does--
Armitage: Everyone knows it.
Woodward: --that have to be a big secret? Everyone knows.
Armitage: Yeah. And I know [unintelligible] Joe Wilson's been calling everybody. He's pissed off because he was designated as a low-level guy, went to look at it. So, he's all pissed off.
Woodward: But why would they send him?
Armitage: Because his wife's a fucking analyst at the agency.
Woodward: It's still weird.
Armitage: It-- [chuckling] it's perfect. This is what she does she is a WMD analyst out there.
Woodward: Oh she is.
Woodward: Oh, I see.
Armitage: [unintelligible] look at it.
Woodward: Oh I see. I didn't [unintelligible]
Armitage: Yeah. See?
Woodward: Oh, she's the chief WMD?
Armitage: No she isn't the chief, no.
Woodward: But high enough up that she can say, 'Oh yeah, hubby will go.'
Armitage: Yeah, he knows Africa.
Woodward: Was she out there with him?
Woodward: When he was ambassador?
Armitage: Not to my knowledge. I don't know. I don't know if she was out there or not. But his wife is in the agency and is a WMD analyst. How about that shit?