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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, October 17, 2005

Does Fitzgerald indicate he will indict someone?

Okay, you can hew to that "he might indict and he might not" line, but after this rare announcement by the special prosecutor, I think it's pretty clear that somebody's going to be indicted.

The prosecutor investigating the outing of a covert CIA operative has yet to say whether he will bring charges but he has decided to announce decisions in the case in Washington rather than Chicago, where he is based, his spokesman said on Monday.

Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, who has been investigating the case of who leaked the identify of Valerie Plame since 2003, is the U.S. attorney in Chicago and his staff has been tight-lipped throughout.

"If and when there would be any announcement, it would be made in Washington," said Randall Samborn, Fitzgerald's spokesman. Samborn cautioned against reading anything into Fitzgerald's decision.

People involved in the case have said they believed Fitzgerald was close to making an announcement.

Still reading tea leaves, but I don't think you book the room if you don't intend to use it. So, I read this as, "pack your toothbrush, Mr. Libby."

And by the way, Scooter, the coat over the handcuffs doesn't fool anybody.


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