Did Draco Malfoy have the Dark Mark? Considering Voldemort intended Draco to die in Draco's attempt to kill Dumbledore, would Draco really be considered part of the inner circle, the inner circle that receives the Dark Mark? Additional information follows.
Draco Malfoy would have become a Death Eater shortly after he turned 16 years old, after the events of Order of the Phoenix. Here is what J.K. Rowling says about Draco being a Death Eater:
J.K. Rowling: Draco did a lot of growing up in [Half-Blood Prince]. I had an interesting discussion, I thought, with my editor Emma, about Draco. She said to me, "So, Malfoy can do Occlumency," which obviously Harry never mastered and has now pretty much given up on doing, or attempting. And she was querying this and wondering whether he should be as good as it, but I think Draco would be very gifted in Occlumency, unlike Harry. [...] But I thought of Draco as someone who is very capable of compartmentalizing his life and his emotions, and always has done. So he's shut down his pity, enabling him to bully effectively. He's shut down compassion - how else would you become a Death Eater? So he suppresses virtually all of the good side of himself. But then he's playing with the big boys, as the phrase has it, and suddenly, having talked the talk he's asked to walk it for the first time and it is absolutely terrifying.
INTERVIEW WITH J.K. ROWLING - 07.16.05 - EMERSON SPARTZ of MUGGLENET & MELISSA ANELLI of THE LEAKY CAULDRON
The werewolf might be allowed to wear Death Eater robes when they wanted to use him, but only Voldemort’s inner circle were branded with the Dark Mark: Greyback had not been granted this highest honour.
Deathly Hallows - page 368 - Bloomsbury - chapter 23, Malfoy Manor
‘Draco should be proud,’ said Bellatrix indifferently. ‘The Dark Lord is granting him a great honour. And I will say this for Draco: he isn’t shrinking away from his duty, he seems glad of a chance to prove himself, excited at the prospect –’
Narcissa began to cry in earnest, gazing beseechingly all the while at Snape.
‘That’s because he is sixteen and has no idea what lies in store! Why, Severus? Why my son? It is too dangerous! This is vengeance for Lucius’s mistake, I know it!’
Half-Blood Prince - page 38 - Bloomsbury - chapter 2, Spinner's End
In the movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which is presumably reviewed by J.K. Rowling, Draco reveals he does have the Dark Mark to Dumbledore; however, is this really feasible and accurate in a canon context?
An answer based in canon would be ideal!