UNREPENTANT…. Robert Novak was asked, if he could do it all over again, whether he’d publish a column exposing the identity of an undercover CIA agent. Recently, he conceded that he “probably should have ignored” what he’d been told about Valarie Plame Wilson.

Now, however, Novak doesn’t regret his misconduct at all.

“I’d go full speed ahead because of the hateful and beastly way in which my left-wing critics in the press and Congress tried to make a political affair out of it and tried to ruin me. My response now is this: The hell with you. They didn’t ruin me. I have my faith, my family, and a good life. A lot of people love me — or like me. So they failed. I would do the same thing over again because I don’t think I hurt Valerie Plame whatsoever.”

I guess it depends on the meaning of “hurt,” doesn’t it? Novak exposed her identity, ruined her career, and made it more difficult “for other CIA officers to recruit sources.”

But I suppose that doesn’t matter, because Novak believes his detractors were mean to him.


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