Accoring to the LA Times, this has been a very busy day for Patrick Fitzgerald with last minute questions for a Rove “colleague” and an FBI blitz of Valerie Plame/Wilson’s neighbourhood “asking neighbors again whether they were aware — before her name appeared in a syndicated column — that the agent, Valerie Plame, worked for the CIA.”

A deputy prosecutor called Rove’s colleague this afternoon and interviewed him in depth about statements Rove may have made to reporters about the case, a lawyer familiar with the case said.

“It appeared to me the prosecutor was trying to button up any holes that were remaining,” the lawyer said.

Curiouser and curiouser.

Update [2005-10-25 20:55:29 by catnip]: Reuters has more on the questioning of the neighbours. (Thanks RAW STORY!)

Questioned on Monday nite, one of Plame’s neighbours said:

They just asked me if I knew what my neighbor (Plame) did before it came out in the press,” Lefkowitz told Reuters. He said he told the agents: “I didn’t know.”

Two lawyers involved in the case said the line of questioning could be a sign that federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald intends to charge administration officials for the leak itself, in addition to possible charges for easier-to-prove crimes like perjury and obstruction of justice.


Lefkowitz, Plame’s neighbor, said Monday was the first time he was questioned by the FBI in connection with the case. The agents told him they were talking to other neighbors as well.

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