Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Blast from the Past

Longtime readers may remember a DU article by a dashing, massively sexy columnist (who has since given up the virtual ghost) which made mention of a man named Larry Johnson, a "former" CIA analyst who was spearheading a counterattack of the Bush administration by current and former CIA pros outraged over the outing of Valerie Plame.

If you've ever seen Johnson on TV, he is one scary fucker. His eyes are like blacklights.

Anyway, LJ apparently had lunch today with somebody who has knowledge of the Fitzgerald probe and he is saying there could be up to 22 indictments coming. Here's the post in its entirety:

Had lunch today with a person who has a direct tie to one of the folks facing indictment in the Plame affair. There are 22 files that Fitzgerald is looking at for potential indictment . These include Stephen Hadley, Karl Rove, Lewis Libby, Dick Cheney, and Mary Matalin (there are others of course). Hadley has told friends he expects to be indicted. No wonder folks are nervous at the White House.

Emphasis mine. If 22 people including the vice president are indicted, I think we can officially call this whole thing a pretty big deal.

In related news, there are apparently unsubstantiated but widespread rumors floating around that a hasty exit for Deadeye Dick may be in the offing. The US News piece makes it clear that these are just rumors, percolating among junior staffers. But it's not completely beyond the realm of possibility that there might be some truth in there.

Speaking from experience, let me caution everyone to take it easy and not expect this all to happen fast. We may not have any indictments at all until next Friday, and even then the GJ could be extended. But this is definitely the strongest sense I've had since back in the heady days of 2003 that strange things are afoot at the Circle K. Stay tuned.


Uncle Kevin said...

As much as I would love to see 22 indictments handed down, I'm dubious. Mr. Fitzgerald is by all claims a pretty smart prosecutor. It would seem he'd realize that he'd be over reaching a bit. For one thing, if that many folks were actually involved, a fairly good case could be made that most of them didn't really understand what they were doing. Alternately, it would be potentially a couple of indictments of the initial crime, and a whole bunch a charges of obstuction or perjury. It'd make it hard to make charges stick in that environment because everyone gets to blame everyone else. I would presume he'd charge a half dozen, get the other folks to testify against them, and call it a day.

Adam P. Short said...

You'd think that. But check out his work in the Illinois case. He threw everybody in jail. Everybody. Links to come.