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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Plame Gossip Wed.

You're killin' me. Do ya know that?

The federal grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA officer's identity met for three hours Wednesday with Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald and his deputies, adjourning for the day without announcing any action. ....

There was no word on whether Fitzgerald planned to make any announcement or when the grand jury planned to meet again. ....

Fitzgerald and the grand jurors entered the courthouse around 9 a.m. EDT, with just three days left before the jury's term is set to expire. The timing on any decision is uncertain, however. It is possible for Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan to extend the life of the grand jury at Fitzgerald's request. Such a step would be taken in secret.

Lawyers representing key White House officials expected Fitzgerald to decide this week whether to charge Libby and Rove.

And please tell me the past tense "expected" in that last line doesn't mean anything. I can't take this much longer.

And as Sini has been pointing out, this whole grand jury may be extended. In fact, if it's done in secret, it may already be extended. Ugh!

CNN just told me that after the Grand Jury left, Fitzgerald met with Judge Hogan for 45 minutes in his chambers. Of course no details as to why.

Crooks and Liars just reported that after talking to someone at Fitzgerald's office they were assured that nothing was likely to happen today.

Funny. Funny. Funny. Americablog has found a GOP press release from 7/13/05 where there are over twenty juicy quotes from senators and congressman who "defend Karl Rove from Partisan attacks." Here's the original on the GOP site which I'll bet will disappear pretty quickly. So here's the Americablog transcription for when it does disappear.

UPDATE: MSNBC(Hardball) just gave three possibilities for Fitzgerald meeting with Judge Hogan today. 1) He wanted to discuss sealing the indictments. 2) He wanted to talk about extending the Grand Jury. or 3) He wanted to talk about having the Grand Jury meet on a day where it wasn't scheduled. Next scheduled meeting was Friday.


  • been checking the BBC coverage of the whole plame business and it is remarkable only in the sense that there is so little of it


    By Blogger michael the tubthumper, at 5:37 AM  

  • BBC probably hasn't reported much because, technically, nothing's happened yet.

    Oh, and you launched my BBC rant.

    I generally read BBC, at least the front page every day. BBC does UN, Africa, and Eastern Europe, as well asinternal EU politics, which no news outlet in the US will cover unless we're bombing it or more than 10,000 people died.

    I love BBC. Not so much the TV, but the radio World Service, which I get in Houston,Texas on 90.1 FM, is one of Britain's great gifts to the world. Throughout the occupied territories of WWII, Eastern Europe during the most repressive of communism, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Congo at their worst, the oppressed of the world have secretly tuned into the shortwave BBC World Service service to learn what their government doesn't want them to know.

    I know the cost to the British people is severe, but this is one of the great gifts the UK has given has given the world.

    At least in the last century.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 7:20 AM  

  • to a point.

    some of its reporting about iraq and israel/palestine is an absolute disgrace

    By Blogger michael the tubthumper, at 11:57 AM  

  • but i suppose that compared to fkx et all anything looks good.

    i actually think the best news show is democracy now! which anyone can watch online.

    By Blogger michael the tubthumper, at 11:58 AM  

  • typo

    compared to fox. maybe f*cks news would be better...

    By Blogger michael the tubthumper, at 11:59 AM  

  • Yeah, I do agree with your assessment of BBC. There have been several episodes in the past where the BBC has broadcast a particular slant on a story or even in WWII outright lies, but compared to the other world alternatives, it is quite good. And, quite frankly, I listen to BBC world service for about 20 minutes every morning as I'm driving about, and you're right. Their coverage of Israel/Palestine is very lopsided. But, in truth, compared to every other major media in America, TV and print, and I mean MAJOR, BBC is more even handed that the US press.

    And, we actually do have a Pacifica affiliate in Houston, it's transmitter was twice blown up by the Klan around 1970, to tie in to our other conversation, so I listen to part of Democracy now about every day.

    But I do have to say, it is certainly stilted as well, in the interview sections not the first ten minute news section. But it is incredibly valuable to me in that it offers a different focus on what IS news. That is the great value it offers. For instance, no other press here is talking about the hunger strike at Guantanamo, yesterday, or the Niger side of the Plame investigation, today. And, hell, they even gave a fair interview to Chavez which was pretty cool.

    There's something on there every day that makes me think..

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 1:41 PM  

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