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Plame sues ex-State Department official who admitted CIA disclosure

[JURIST] Valerie Plame, the undercover operative whose revealed identity precipitated the CIA leak case [JURIST news archive], and her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, have now sued former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage [official profile] for serving as the primary source responsible for disclosing Plame's CIA affiliation to columnist Robert Novak in the summer of 2003. Armitage confirmed last week [JURIST report] that he had leaked confidential information concerning Plame's identity.

Plame and Wilson initially filed a lawsuit [JURIST report; complaint, PDF] in federal court in July against Vice President Dick Cheney, White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove [official profile] and former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense trust profile] for their alleged roles in revealing her CIA status. Armitage will now be added to the list of defendants in that lawsuit. Reuters has more.

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