Wednesday, October 26, 2005

I'll Trade Hannukah For Fitzmas This Year

Christmas – or "Fitzmas" as the blog wags are calling it – is coming early this year for those of us exhausted and disillusioned with five years of seeing our country run by crooks and fake patriots.

The always-reliable Washington Note reported last night that indictments in the CIA leak case are coming today and that target letters, that notify recipients of probably indictment, went out last night. Specifically, The Washington Note confirmed the following with two sources:

  • 1-5 indictments are being issued. The source feels that it will be towards the higher end.
  • The targets of indictment have already received their letters.
  • The indictments will be sealed indictments and "filed" tomorrow.
  • A press conference is being scheduled for Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times was reporting late last night that the investigation into the outing of CIA officer Valerie Plame was once again zeroing in on White House advisor Karl Rove.

The Times report also said that, on Tuesday, Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's team went to Plame's northwest Washington neighborhood to question neighbors about the extent to which they knew of Plame's covert intelligence activities – perhaps an effort to discern how much damage was done when her identity was revealed by the White House and published in the national press.

According to the article, the neighbors questioned by both the FBI and Fitzgerald's team told them that they had no idea of her CIA job and that they knew her only as a mother of twins who worked as an energy consultant.

"I pointed out, we were good friends, we socialized with them, and we just had no idea" until her status was made public in the Novak column, said neighbor David Tillotson, a Washington lawyer.

"They basically asked me if I knew what she did prior to the leak," said Marc Lefkowitz, another neighbor. The answer, he said, was an unambiguous "no." "I knew he was a former ambassador. We had dinner at their house," Lefkowitz said. "She was just a normal mother of twins."

While I'm sure many on the other side would disagree with me, it's a great sign for a democracy when the bad guys, no matter how powerful, are caught and charged. Let's keep our fingers crossed that we see that today.