Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald had VP aide Scooter Libby charged with forgetting when he first heard Valerie Plame's name, CNN ostensibly reports.
That's the substance of the five-count indictment delivered today -- no charges that either Libby or Karl Rove leaked Plame's secret CIA identity to reporters.
Why indict anyone at all? Well you don't spend two years and a kajillion dollars on an investigation without indicting SOMEONE for SOMETHING.
A pity for Libby, and to Fitzgerald's shame.
The crux of the charges is that Libby's own notes indicate he knew about Plame earlier than he testified.
Heck, most people can't remember what they had for dinner last night (uh, chicken and kielbasa, french fries and a green salad. And cupcakes for dessert -- it was my youngest son's birthday).
Grill anyone relentlessly on the details of things happening up to two years ago and they're bound to err somewhere in their recollection.
(Hint: If Libby were truly trying to lie, don't you think he would have edited his own notes?)
Having worked for and with the media for more than 20 years I can tell it's a standard and fairly transparent practice to slide something out on a Friday afternoon if you've got nothing and hope no one will notice.
Fitzpatrick says the investigation will continue, much like O.J.'s search for the "real" killer, no doubt.
Make no mistake, this is a complete failure for Fitzgerald, for former Ambassador Joe Wilson and anti-Bush factions.
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