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Beltway Boys Claim CIA Leak Investigation Unraveling

Reported by Deborah - November 19, 2005

The way Kondracke and Barnes were talking today one might think the investigation was over and the Bush Administration was in the clear. According to the Boys, Bob Woodward's recent deposition has destroyed Fitzgerald's entire case and it's all over. 11/19/05

Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald was put in the down column during the ups and downs segment because Woodward's claim that a Senior Bush Official told him about Plame before Libby destroys his case. They went on to say that the person Woodward talked to was a former Bush Official which clears everyone in the White House like Rove, Libby Cheney and Rice.

Continuing the spin, they said that Woodward's deposition proves that there was no conspiracy to punish Joe Wilson and Wilson's report about Niger was false. "Bush was right", Barnes declared. Then he added that the information about Valerie Plame was "just in the air" suggesting that there was no leaker at all. Barnes wrapped it up by saying that Libby would never come to trial.

Comment: There was no mention of Fitzgerald's announcement yesterday afternoon that he was continuing the investigation with a new Grand Jury because of sensitive new information. Rove is still under investigation and there absolutely no indication that the case is coming apart. Also Woodward's lawyer said that his source was someone who had not talked to the Grand Jury which doesn't mean that it was a former official as The Boys claimed.

Seems like Kondracke and Barnes have taken positive thinking to a new level. It looks to me like this case is just getting started.

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