Tuesday, October 25, 2005

here come the indictments

the blogs have been abuzz awaiting any possible indictments in the plame investigation. an almost constant stream of new rumors and revelations has kept them on their toes: "scooter" libby and karl rove have been revealed as having leaked plame's name (and then probably perjured themselves before the grand jury denying it). indeed, the scandal appears to go at least as high as dick cheney. the whole white house could come tumbling down once the indictments hit. for analysis of this complicated story, firedoglake is a good starting point.

some bloggers are so anxious for these indictments to be announced that they've turned indictment day into its own holiday, called fitzmas. and it's starting to look like fitzmas falls pretty close to halloween this year. from rawstory:

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has decided to seek indictments in the outing of Valerie Plame Wilson and has submitted at least one to the grand jury, those close to the investigation tell RAW STORY.

Fitzgerald will seek at least two indictments, the sources say. They note that it remains to be seen whether the grand jury will approve the charges.

Those familiar with the case state that Fitzgerald likely will not seek indictments that assert officials leaked Plame's name illegally. Rather, they say that he will focus charges in the arena of lying to investigators.

Any possible indictments are now in the hands of the grand jury. They are expected to be made public later this week.

RAW STORY has not learned who Fitzgerald is seeking to charge. Reports indicate that of those fingered in the case, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, is in the most jeopardy. President Bush's Deputy Chief of Staff, Karl Rove, also appears to have given conflicting testimony to the grand jury.

Fitzgerald may also charge those who leaked Plame Wilson's name to reporters. Rove and Libby have not been identified as the sources in Robert Novak's July 14, 2003 column which first identified Plame as a covert agent and the husband of Joseph Wilson, a critic of the Administration's Iraq intelligence. Novak cited "senior administration officials" as his sources for the report.

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