PLAME UPDATE….The latest on the investigation from the New York Times:

The special counsel in the C.I.A. leak case has told associates he has no plans to issue a final report about the results of the investigation, heightening the expectation that he intends to bring indictments, lawyers in the case and law enforcement officials said yesterday.

….By signaling that he had no plans to issue the grand jury’s findings in such detail, Mr. Fitzgerald appeared to narrow his options either to indictments or closing his investigation with no public disclosure of his findings, a choice that would set off a political firestorm.

That would be a helluva thing if he just closed up shop and went home without saying anything, wouldn’t it?

But that probably won’t happen. Chris Nelson reports that Dick Cheney?s deputy chief of staff, John Hannah, has been sent a target letter and has cut a deal to testify against his boss, Scooter Libby. Raw Story claims that Hannah is the “cooperating witness” that I mentioned earlier today.

And when will all this happen? Contrary to earlier rumors, the Times says that Fitzgerald “is not expected to take any action in the case this week.” And here I was hoping for some good news on my birthday….

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