Saturday, April 29, 2006

Karl Rove to be Indicted

Howling Latina has previously posted about Jason Leopold and his use of anonymous sources; and more often than not, Leopold adds a few morsels to a story that is soon released by mainstream media.

So when Leopold writes for
TruthOut that Fitzgerald has already drawn up the Rove indictment and simply needs the grand jury to vote to indict, HL takes notice, even if Leopold haa a pesky past.

Leopold is an investigative journalist with past gigs at the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, City News Service, Los Angeles Times, Salon, Global News Wire, OpEd News, Raw Story, AlterNet and others. He is also author of "News Junkie - A Process Book," a book released this spring.

Despite vehement denials by his attorney who said this week that Karl Rove is neither a "target" nor in danger of being indicted in the CIA leak case, the special counsel leading the investigation has already written up charges against Rove, and a grand jury is expected to vote on whether to indict the Deputy White House Chief of Staff sometime next week, sources knowledgeable about the probe said Friday afternoon.


In recent weeks, sources close to the case said, Fitzgerald's staff has met with Rove's legal team several times to discuss a change in Rove's status in the case - from subject to target - based on numerous inconsistencies in Rove's testimony, whether he discussed Plame Wilson with reporters before her name and CIA status were published in newspaper reports, and whether he participated in a smear campaign against her husband.


The rescheduled grand jury appearance by Rove took place Wednesday afternoon and hinges on whether Rove's testimony about the reasons he did not disclose the emails during his previous testimony will convince Fitzgerald not to add obstruction of justice to the list of charges he intends to file against Rove, sources said.

Folks, straight up, Leopold is a real journalist, although unfortunately for him, he can't seem to shake his past; maybe his breaking news entries in the Plame affair will help. With his past problems, I think my initial hunch that some reporters were feeding him information makes even more sense; you know, to help Leopold burnish his credentials.

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