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Indictments in Plame Case Could Come Any Time


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By E&P Staff

NEW YORK -- Is it the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning? Whatever way you look at it, it seems clear to many in Washington right now that indictments in the Valerie Plame affair will likely be announced soon, possibly on Thursday.

Note to editors and reporters: As the aspens turn, don't stray too far from your desks, cells or Blackberries.

Rumors surged all day Wednesday, though reports of 22 indictments did seem a bit farfetched. But late Wednesday, Reuters suggested that indeed the end--or beginning--was near, "within days," and added one major clue: Karl Rove's lawyer, who has always stated that his client was not a target in the probe, now refused to comment on that one way or the other.

Reuters said it got all this from "legal sources close to the investigation."

Here is how it described the Rove angle:

"As a first step, prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was expected to notify officials by letter if they have become targets, said the lawyers, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

"Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin, declined to say whether his client had been contacted by Fitzgerald. In the past, Luskin has said that Rove was assured that he was not a target.

"[I. Lewis] Libby's lawyer was not immediately available to comment."

Fitzgerald's agreement to limit the scope of reporter Judith Miller's testimony to her conversations with Libby suggested that he had become "the focus of interest," said one of the lawyers involved in the case.

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