Richard L. Armitage
Richard L. Armitage, Beginning March 2005, Richard L. Armitage became President of Armitage International.
Armitage served as Deputy Secretary of State during President George W. Bush's first term, has emerged as a key witness in the CIA leak probe," Kenneth R. Bazinet and James Gordon Meek reported in the May 20, 2006, New York Daily News.
"Armitage has been questioned several times, but is not expected to be indicted by the federal grand jury investigating who outed CIA spy Valerie Plame to journalists in 2003, sources said." However, Armitage's "testimony could hurt" I. Lewis Scooter Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's "indicted former chief aide," or Karl Rove, President George W. Bush's "political guru," Bazinet and Meek wrote. "Two sources familiar with the case said Armitage, Rove and Libby all had contacts with the press about Plame. Unlike Rove and Libby, Armitage appears to have tried to dissuade reporters from writing about her."
On February 12, 2007, Bob Woodward testified that "former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage disclosed the identity of a C.I.A. agent to him in June 2003, but that I. Lewis Libby Jr. said nothing about the agent when Mr. Woodward talked to him two weeks later," David Stout reported in the New York Times.
- emptywheel, "Libby Live: Woodward One," Firedoglake, February 12, 2007.
- David Stout, "Woodward Says He Didn’t Discuss Agent With Libby," New York Times, February 12, 2007.
- Matt Apuzzo, "Woodward Tapes Reveal Leak," Associated Press (San Francisco Chronicle), February 12, 2007.
- "Libby jurors hear Armitage leak CIA agent's ID. Journalist Novak likely to testify Monday, NBC's Mitchell possible Tuesday," NBC News (MSNBC), February 12, 2007.
Armitage, considered to be a conservative "neo con" (neo-conservative), is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is one of the signers of the January 26, 1998, Project for the New American Century PNAC letter to President William Jefferson Clinton. He is also a former board member for CACI International, the private military contractor, which "is being investigated by no less than 5 US agencies for possible contract violations" and "employed four interrogators at Abu Ghraib prison" in Iraq, one of whom was singled out by General Taguba in his report on abuses of Iraqi detainees at the prison.
"Most recently, Richard Armitage was the President of Armitage Associates. Previously, he served with the rank of Ambassador as the Coordinator for Technical and Humanitarian Assistance to the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union. President George Herbert Walker Bush appointed him as a Presidential Special Negotiator for the Philippines Military Base Agreement, a Special Mediator for Water in the Middle East and as a Special Emissary to Jordan during the 1991 Gulf War. In addition, Richard served in the Pentagon as Assistant Secretary of Defense and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy and then completed four tours of duty in Vietnam."
"Richard Armitage, one of the Iran-Contra plotters, was a board member of Database Technologies (DBT)/ChoicePoint Inc before taking office under George Bush Jr. ... Choicepoint is a partner of data mining company SAIC whose web site proclaims it has "developed a strategic alliance with ChoicePoint Incorporated to provide our clients with quick and effortless information retrieval from public records data. ChoicePoint Incorporated maintains thousands of gigabytes of public records data.""
"In the 1980 Reagan campaign Mr. Armitage was senior advisor to the Interim Foreign Policy Advisory Board, which prepared the President-Elect for major international policy issues confronting the new administration. From 1981 until June 1983 Mr. Armitage was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia and Pacific Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense." 
"Armitage, who was denied a 1989 appointment as Assistant Secretary of State because of links to Iran-Contra and other scandals, served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Reagan years. U.S. Government stipulations in the Oliver North trial specifically named Armitage as one of the DoD officials responsible for illegal transfers of weapons to Iran and the Contras." 
- Member of the Aspen Strategy Group.
- Trustee, George C. Marshall Foundation
- Leadership Group, U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project 
- Director, Center for a New American Security 
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- David Palmer, "Richard Armitage, Abu Ghraib and CACI," CounterPunch, June 15, 2004.
- Murray Waas, "Exclusive: Plame Game Over?" American Prospect, April 6, 2005.
- The Public I (financial holdings) 
- Chris Floyd, "Knight Rider: Murder and Plunder Mean Honors for Armitage," uruknet, April 25, 2006.
- John Byrne, "Senior Powell aide focus of CIA leak investigation, former spymaster says," The Raw Story, May 18, 2006.
- John Byrne, "Lawyer disputes claim Powell aide focus of CIA leak probe; New indication focus is on coverup, not leak," The Raw Story, May 19, 2006.
- Kenneth R. Bazinet and James Gordon Meek, "Ex-deputy secretary of state new figure in CIA leak probe," New York Daily News, May 21, 2006 (originally published May 20th).
- "Armitage Key Witness in Libby/CIA Leak Case?" Editor & Publisher, May 21, 2006.
- Matt Apuzzo and John Solomon, "Calendars Show Armitage Met Reporter," Associated Press (ABC News), August 21, 2006.
- Matt Apuzzo, "Plame Considering Suing Armitage," Associated Press (ABC News), August 22, 2006.
- Michael Isikoff, "The Man Who Said Too Much. A book coauthored by NEWSWEEK's Michael Isikoff details Richard Armitage's central role in the Valerie Plame leak," Newsweek (MSNBC), August 27, 2006 (September 4, 2006, issue).
- David Corn, "The Meaning of the Armitage Leak in the Plame Case," Capital Games Blog/The Nation, also posted in The Huffington Post, August 27, 2006; AlterNet, August 28, 2006.
- Jason Smith, "What Did Fitzgerald Know and When Did He Know It?" NewsBusters, August 27, 2006.
- "Beware of the Armitage Red Herring," LibbyDefenseFund.com, August 27, 2006.
- Richard Luscombe, "Powell's deputy 'leaked name of CIA agent'," Guardian Unlimited (UK), August 28, 2006.
- Robert Novak, "Real story behind Armitage's role," Chicago Sun-Times, September 13, 2006.
- David Corn, "Novak vs. Armitage: Was the Plame Leak Deliberate?" The Huffington Post, September 13, 2006.
- Robert Novak, "Armitage's tardy self-disclosure is tainted and deceptive," Union-Leader (Manchester, NH), September 14, 2006; "Armitage's Leak," The National Ledger.
- R. Jeffrey Smith, "Novak Accuses Plame Source Of Distortion. Armitage Minimizes Role In Leak; Columnist Differs," Washington Post, September 14, 2006.
- Eddie-george, "Robert Novak digging one heckuva hole," TPM Cafe, September 14, 2006.]