Monday, June 12, 2006


Jason Leopold has come out of hiding on the one month anniversary of his "Karl Rove Has ALREADY Been Indicted On May 12" story. Of course the problem is that Karl Rove has NOT been indicted or at least does NOT appear to have been indicted despite lackluster insistence on this "fact" by William Rivers Pitt. So what to do? Why come up with a NEW excuse. And this one is a real whopper presented for your entertainment by Jason Leopold. What Leopold dreamed up is that the reason why we haven't found out that Rove was indicted on May 12 is that the indictment has been SEALED all this time as you can see in this bold Leopold ASSERTION titled, "SEALED VS. SEALED." Meanwhile, Pied Piper Pitt is most notable by his ABSENCE from this thread. Yes, Pitt still claims that Rove was indicted on May 12 but now wants to AVOID the subject altogether, preferring to post endless "Zarqawi Dead Is Meaningless" rants in a desperate bid to ingratiate himself with the DUmmies again and hope that they just forget the Non-Indictment That Dares Not Speak Its Name. So let us laugh at the latest Leopold excuse in Bolshevik Red while the commentary of your humble correspondent, wondering if Leopold will post on July 12 that Fitzgerald's dog ate the Rove indictment, is in the [brackets]:

Sealed vs. Sealed

[The latest divorce case on the docket---Divorced from reality.]

By Jason Leopold
t r u t h o u t Report

[The FUnniest thing about this is how MANY times Leopold continues to fool Truthout...and Pitt.]

Monday 12 June 2006

[Now at 160 business hours since Karl Rove was indicted.]

Four weeks ago, during the time when we reported that White House political adviser Karl Rove was indicted for crimes related to his role in the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson, the grand jury empanelled in the case returned an indictment that was filed under seal in US District Court for the District of Columbia under the curious heading of Sealed vs. Sealed.

[Was Sonny Crockett your source for this bit of inside information, Jason?]

As of Friday afternoon that indictment, returned by the grand jury the week of May 10th, remains under seal - more than a month after it was handed up by the grand jury.

[Wasn't the entire fourth floor of Patton Boggs also sealed as well, Leopold?]

The case number is "06 cr 128." On the federal court's electronic database, "06 cr 128" is listed along with a succinct summary: "No further information is available."

[And somehow only one Jason Leopold is able to conjure up that this sealed case is the Rove indictment.]

We have not seen the contents of the indictment "06 cr 128". But the fact that this indictment was returned by the grand jury hearing evidence in the CIA leak case on a day that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald met with the grand jury raised a number of questions about the identity of the defendant named in the indictment, whether it relates to the leak case, and why it has been under seal for a month under the heading Sealed vs. Sealed.

[Oh, I see. A sealed document that you have NOT seen or even know has anything to do with the leak case and you can somehow discern that it is DEFINITELY the Rove indictment. Have you consulted with Pied Piper Pitt on this fairy tale? And now to see the DUmmie reaction to this "revelation:"]

Oh God, is Leopold still around? I thought he blew town with Jesse Macbeth.

[Both with equal credibility.]

This would be why he did not reveal his source I'm guessing...
He said that he would if his source proved to be deliberately misleading. So I figure that, so far, he hasn't been wrong on this indictment. Wonder what they're waiting for?

[Leopold is waiting for Sonny Crockett to get some time off from the "Miami Vice" set.]

Can anyone find "Sealed vs. Sealed" at the DCDC site? Is there a link? How about other "Sealed vs. Sealed"? Does anyone have a copy of any document with that title? What about "U.S. vs. Sealed" -- anyone find one or more of those issued for that day?

[What about Stupid Vs Stupider?]

The court schedule (at ) explicitly states that "any sealed matters will not appear on this schedule." It also said this the week that Madsen claimed to see it there.

[The Jason Leopold case is crumbling before our eyes.]

Nothing in the latest court docket, or a search of the DCDC site. I don't believe that the DCDC uses "sealed v. sealed" at all anymore for their court filings, so would appreciate it if anyone's managed to turn one up from after 2004.

[GASP!!! mean that Jason Leopold might have been...FIBBING?]

was this discussed at YEARLYKOS?? I watched the CSPAN coverage and don't remember it being brought up??

[Even they laughed at Leopold.]

If it's sealed.... Why would Rove and Luskin know about it? Moreover, why would Fitzgerald tell them? Indictments get sealed so that the other side doesn't know they're about to be indicted. If this is true, than most of everything else we've been told had to have been fabricated. Leopold is full of shit.

[And this DUmmie WINS a Kewpie Doll stuffed with Dog Doo-Doo for having a brief moment of mental clarity.]

Leopold has lost my trust. Again, what has he reported that's been verified? Not a single thing. Who are these legal experts he's supposedly getting these quotes from? They seem innocuous enough to me that naming the source wouldn't be a big deal. And if this scenario is true, why wasn't it reported initially when we heard about the 24 hour deadline, the 15 hour meeting, and everything else. Furthermore, we had Pitt and truthout telling us they had seen or had knowledge of the dates on the indictment documents. If they got that info, whether through seeing the actual documents or being told of them by a source, how come they didn't also know the indictment was sealed?

[You could ask Pitt but all he'll do is put his hands over his ears and scream "ZARQAWI! ZARQAWI! ZARQAWI!" over and over again until you stop asking him annoying questions about the Rove indictment.]

I refuse to be led along by the nose and just believe anything that comes down the pike, especially when the batting average for Leopold/Truthout on this is zero, with some very spectacular strike outs. Like I said: if Leopold's right, I'll be up here apologizing so quickly your head will spin. I will eat my words. But for every day that goes by and for every further explanation amending the last that comes from the truthout camp, I think it's legitimate to wonder what the hell is going on over there.

[It's called "Massive Meltdown."]

The facts, as stated by Leopold in his original article, are not correct. He stated Rove WAS indicted on May 12th. He made no mentions of sealed indictments or anything of that ilk. No mention that he WILL be indicted at some point. He was very clear. Rove.Has.Been.Indicted. Done deal. That, as of right now, is patently untrue, and no matter what happens from this day forward it will never magically become true. That fact is not in dispute. The remainder of his "facts" (lock downs, Secret Service, etc.) stretch credibility to the point of absurdity, but I can only argue that since NO ONE has verified any of them, and since the "source pool" for Leopold and TruthOut continues to shrink (per Mark Ash today it is down to one) that they are (being kind here) highly suspect. The fact that many here refuse to look honestly at what has been placed before them and instead let more and more slack off the rope in their efforts to catch something is troubling. I, like almost everyone here, hope that Rove gets fitted for an orange jumpsuit yesterday, but when someone tries to pass off slipshod reporting and constantly changing "updates" on me just because they can't (or won't) admit a mistake is something I can and will not accept. If by some act of magic someone shows me an indictment of Karl Rove with "May 12th" stamped on it (and remember, a certain someone here guaranteed that would be forthcoming) then I will be here with mea culpas all over the place. Sadly, I am not too worried about having to do so.

[Sorry. Only one Kewpie Doll awarded per thread.]

Leopold said HE WAS INDICTED on May 12th. NOTHING about under seal. NOTHING.

[Leopold's fairy tales are always subject to revision.]

Don't forget the ludicrous "24 business hours" Rove had
to "get his affairs in order." That part is patently FALSE. I'm still not thrilled with the lack of professionalism displayed by Pitt when some questioned the story. Truthout, Pitt and Leopold have lost my trust. Period. If it turns out Rove was indicted on May 12--not likely--I'll apologize about being wrong, but it still won't change the fact that the Leopold story as published was still wrong on many counts. It won't change Will Pitt's appalling behavior, either. As for his "apology," I've seen that song and dance so many times I could probably perform the number myself.
I shake my head at folks who want this to be true so badly they compromise their own intellectual integrity. Quite frankly, it's disturbing.

[Pitt is the Magic Man so perhaps he can still conjure up a Rove indictment to pop out of his hat.]

Leopold is evading the basic story he gave.

[As well as CHANGING it.]

People forget that leopold gave specific details. He's full of crap. Only reality will work for me. No guessing, no conjecture, no I he was right because we desperately want to believe it. This guy is irresponsible, stupid, and dangerous.

[Hey, Pitt vouches for Leopold's veracity. Isn't that good enough for you?]

THANKS! I STILL BELIEVE! Thanks so much for posting this.
I still believe that what Jason Leopold posted a few weeks ago is completely accurate. Mr. Leopold has been a TRUE FRIEND to the Progressive Cause. He does NOT deserve to be villified. HE is NOT the enemy. Bush, Rove, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, and all the rest of the corrupt Bush cabal regmie -- THEY ARE OUR ENEMIES!!!

[I BEEEEEEELEEEEEVE that John Kerry was inaugurated on Jan. 20!]

What? No bouncy smilies in this thread? No one is celebrating this time. Gee, I wonder why?


I B E L I E V E ! ! ! !

[M E T O O O O O! ! ! !]

way to go Jason Leopold!
I thought people were a bit too quick to criticize Jason, who has always been an excellent reporter.

[Great scoop, Jason Leopold! This is sure to earn you the Pulitzer!]

I am at the Federal Document site right now and this is what I have been able to find. First there are a boat load of "Sealed" cases for the date range in question. Second I can not find any that have the exact title of Sealed vs Sealed, only USA vs Sealed and just some cases with Sealed and nothing else. Third any possibles do not come up in the DC District Courts - they come up in other District Courts from across the land. Fourth the case number provided is generic - in other words it pulls back about 200-300 cases.

[In other words, Jason Leopold is full of Dog Doo-Doo.]

Leo has got his fingers crossed. It must be tough to believe you're going to be vindicated at any moment while day after day ticks off. After a while you'd start grasping at straws.

[That also sounds like a good description of Pied Piper Pitt.]

He could be right. He could be completely full of shit. Don't touch that dial!

[The second option is by far the most likely. Don't touch that vial!]

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Blogger Son Of The Godfather said...

Seriously, WTF is wrong with these people?

3:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pj, I love the site and it is now a daily must read for me. Keep up the good work man.

Thought I'd add this little nugget I just found on Drudge: From Rove's attorney: “On June 12, 2006, Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald formally advised us that he does not anticipate seeking charges against Karl Rove."

Did you ever see that scene in "Scanners" with the guy's head exploding? I can almost hear heads popping over at the DU with this news!

6:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That definitely could create a serious shortage of crow!

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fitzmas has been canceled due to lack of indictment.

7:32 AM  
Blogger Son Of The Godfather said...

But the documents were sealed, SEALED into my memory!


And Lucy pulls another football away.

7:56 AM  

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