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New grand jury hears evidence in CIA leak case

[JURIST] US Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald [official profile; investigation website] on Wednesday presented additional evidence to a newly empaneled grand jury [JURIST report] in the CIA leak case [JURIST news archive]. Fitzgerald has continued his probe and is reportedly considering charges against White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove [official profile] after gathering new information from Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward [Wikipedia profile]. The investigation began two years ago into whether a White House official leaked the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame in retribution for criticism of the Bush administration by her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson. Fitzgerald's investigation led to the indictment of I. Lewis Libby [JURIST report], former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, for obstruction of justice on Oct. 28. In a new wrinkle, Woodward reportedly told Fitzgerald [JURIST report] that he heard Plame's name from an administration official other than Libby before Libby was reported to have disclosed it to another reporter. It has been reported that Plame is planning to retire [Reuters report] from the CIA at the end of the week. The Washington Post has more [registration required].

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