The Washington Post decided that two days vacation from the Plame Affair was all we deserved, and splashed this upon the front page for inquiring minds:
The special prosecutor in the CIA leak probe has interviewed a wider range of administration officials than was previously known, part of an effort to determine whether anyone broke laws during a White House effort two years ago to discredit allegations that President Bush used faulty intelligence to justify the Iraq war, according to several officials familiar with the case.
Prosecutors have questioned former CIA director George J. Tenet and deputy director John E. McLaughlin, former CIA spokesman Bill Harlow, State Department officials, and even a stranger who approached columnist Robert D. Novak on the street.
In doing so, special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald has asked not only about how CIA operative Valerie Plame’s name was leaked but also how the administration went about shifting responsibility from the White House to the CIA for having included 16 words in the 2003 State of the Union address about Iraqi efforts to acquire uranium from Africa, an assertion that was later disputed.
Most of the questioning of CIA and State Department officials took place in 2004, the sources said.
Nothing says excitement like year-old Grand Jury testimony that still remains sealed! Why, there is room for endless speculation there- Was it Rove, in the study, with a cell phone? Libby, in the kitchen with a blackberry? Ari, in the press gaggle, with a text message?
Personally, I am just relieved the investigation has been this wide-ranging, and hope that when it is wrapped up, both sides of the political aisle will accept the results.
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Although, I am afraid that anything short of the hangman’s noose will be unacceptable in some quarters:
Bush gives his traitors a raise. That includes Rove, Hadley, and Scooter Libby.