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CIA Leak Investigation

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The federal grand jury looking into the leak of a CIA operative's identity has adjourned for the day without announcing any indictments.

A Justice Department official says no announcement will be made Wednesday.

The panel met for three hours with Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, who's finishing up a two-year criminal probe. An indictment could accuse one or more administration aides of breaking a law barring the intentional unmasking of an undercover CIA officer.

Attention has centered on President Bush's top political adviser Karl Rove and Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, Scooter Libby.

The prosecutor also has examined other possible crimes: mishandling classified information, perjury and obstruction of justice.

The grand jury's term expires Friday, though it could be secretly extended by a federal judge, at Fitzgerald's request.


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