Leaks, Lies and the CIA Spy

The outing of CIA operative Valerie Wilson (né Plame) consumed Washington for three years. The case received a radical reconfiguring when former State Department bigwig Richard Armitage confirmed that he was the original source for columnist Robert Novak's revelation. Novak weighed in last week, calling Armitage's contrition bogus and the leak deliberate. In the D.C. bureau of Fox News, anchor Brit Hume goaded Plamegate chronicler David Corn into an off-camera shouting spree. "Both leaked classified information, Brit!" Corn raged. "Go ahead and laugh!" Here, TIME re-evaluates some major players. [This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine.]

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