CIA Leak Case – No News Is Still News

A Wall Street Journal article today rehashes the existing lack of information about the investigation into Valerie Plame leak case. Two new bits of information are presented:

There are signs that prosecutors now are looking into contacts between administration officials and journalists that took place much earlier than previously thought. Earlier conversations are potentially significant, because that suggests the special prosecutor leading the investigation is exploring whether there was an effort within the administration at an early stage to develop and disseminate confidential information to the press that could undercut former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife, Central Intelligence Agency official Valerie Plame.

…Lawyers familiar with the investigation believe that at least part of the outcome likely hangs on the inner workings of what has been dubbed the White House Iraq Group. Formed in August 2002, the group, which included Messrs. Rove and Libby, worked on setting strategy for selling the war in Iraq to the public in the months leading up to the March 2003 invasion. The group likely would have played a significant role in responding to Mr. Wilson’s claims.They don’t say exactly where these “signs” are coming from, which undercuts the credibility of the information. The could just as easily have said, “lawyers familiar with the case expect that no indictments will be issued,” which given the void of actual facts, would be about as reliable.

Until Patrick Fitzgerald files indictments or closes his case everything in the media is just idle speculation.

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