… it turns out the villain wasn't an angry neocon bent on revenge against a critic of the Iraq war – Plame's husband, Joseph Wilson – but a Colin Powell ally who was at best a lukewarm supporter of the invasion.The whole thing is worth a read (hat tip: Romenesko). Reider can't fully answer the question of why the Armitage revelation hasn't gotten more attention but wonders if the DC press corps simply wants to sweep this one under the rug:
Far from being part of an orchestrated plot or a vast White House conspiracy, Plame's unmasking was simply the handiwork of that Washington, D.C., staple, an insider with a big mouth. The culprit was gossip, not political gunslinging.
Maybe it's simply a matter of embarrassment. After so much breathless coverage of supposed White House character assassination, maybe the MSM just kind of hoped the whole thing would go away.
Whatever the reason, it was a curious and disappointing performance.