Sealed

SEALED….I’d sort of forgotten about Jason Leopold’s claim last month that Karl Rove had been indicted in the Valerie Plame case and given 24 hours to “get his affairs in order.” It’s been 744 hours since that story appeared and we’re all still waiting.

Today, Truthout’s Marc Ash provides an explanation: the indictment was sealed. Here’s the latest:

We know for certain several things about federal indictment “06 cr 128” (Sealed vs. Sealed). The indictment was returned by the same grand jury that has been hearing matters related to the Fitzgerald/Plame investigation. The indictment was filed in the time frame (around May the 10th) that the indictment of Karl Rove was first reported. The title of the indictment, Sealed vs. Sealed, is unusual. Typically a sealed federal indictment will be titled, “US vs. Sealed.” The indictment has been sealed for roughly five weeks, an unusually long time (although not unheard-of). We know that experts watching the Fitzgerald/Plame investigation are keeping a very close eye on “06 cr 128” (Sealed vs. Sealed). We know that we attempted to contact Karl Rove’s attorney, Robert Luskin, on two occasions while researching this issue and both calls went unreturned.

Unfortunately, the update goes on to say only that they “believe” this indictment is related to the Plame case. This is based on a “single credible source,” not the half dozen they claimed previously.

Well, who knows? Not me. I continue to have a hard time believing that Leopold just invented the whole thing, but on the other hand there’s been precious little confirmation of any of it. So all we can do is wait. In any case, this update seemed worth posting just for the sheer weirdness factor of it all.