Now, why would Patrick Fitzgerald want a Web site?

The special prosecutor in the Plame case goes online. Think he might have something to say?

Published October 21, 2005 7:18PM (EDT)

Patrick Fitzgerald's people said earlier in the week that the special prosecutor won't be issuing a final report in the Valerie Plame investigation, turning up the heat on speculation that he must be planning to issue indictments instead.

Here's another tea leaf for you, courtesy of the Washington Post's Dan Froomkin: Fitzgerald has just set up a Web site. The site features a heading for "Legal Proceedings," but there's only one "legal proceeding" under it: the one concerning the fight over the testimony of Judy Miller and Matt Cooper. Sure seems like there's room there for more.

Fitzgerald's office says not to read anything into the launch of the Web site, but it's hard not to do just that. Without indictments or an extension, Fitzgerald's grand jury expires on Oct. 28. As Froomkin says, launching a Web site now doesn't seem like "the action of an office about to fold up its tents and go home."

Have a nice weekend, Scooter.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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