Monday, June 12, 2006

Leopold holds firm - Rove was indicted

Four weeks ago Jason Leopold reported in Truthout that Karl Rove was already indicted. As noted here and here the indictement has not been announced.

Leopold is back, defending his earlier reporting. He now reports that the indictement was handed down, then immediately sealed.
"Four weeks ago, during the time when we reported that White House political adviser Karl Rove was indicted for crimes related to his role in the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson, the grand jury empanelled in the case returned an indictment that was filed under seal in US District Court for the District of Columbia under the curious heading of Sealed vs. Sealed.

As of Friday afternoon that indictment, returned by the grand jury the week of May 10th, remains under seal - more than a month after it was handed up by the grand jury.

The case number is "06 cr 128." On the federal court's electronic database, "06 cr 128" is listed along with a succinct summary: 'No further information is available.'

We have not seen the contents of the indictment "06 cr 128". But the fact that this indictment was returned by the grand jury hearing evidence in the CIA leak case on a day that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald met with the grand jury raised a number of questions about the identity of the defendant named in the indictment, whether it relates to the leak case, and why it has been under seal for a month under the heading Sealed vs. Sealed."
This suggests that Rove is toast, and the only issues at hand are how well-done he will finally be and how much he will cooperate in further investigation.

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