The New York Times this morning reports that I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby apparently first learned that Joseph Wilson’s wife was a CIA agent from none other than his boss — Vice President Cheney.
This new revelation suggests that special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald’s investigation into the leak of Valerie Plame’s identity has reached even closer to the vice president than was previously known.
Fitzgerald is expected to wrap up this week, possibly tomorrow. Libby and Bush senior adviser Karl Rove are widely seen as most likely to be indicted.
Just how the White House first learned of Plame’s identity has been one of the elusive mysteries of this case.
Rove is said to have initially told the grand jury he first heard about Plame from some reporter, but he couldn’t remember who. Then he said he heard it from Libby.