Sparked by today’s Washington Poststory
that suggests Vice President Cheney’s office is involved in the
Plame-CIA spy link investigation, government officials and advisers
passed around rumours that the vice president might step aside and that
President Bush would elevate Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. – The Huffington Post

“It’s
certainly an interesting but I still think highly doubtful scenario,”
said a Bush insider. “And if that should happen,” added the official,
“there will undoubtedly be those who believe the whole thing was
orchestrated – another brilliant Machiavellian move by the VP.” – Truthout

Rumours of Cheney’s political death are greatly exaggerated. Or are they? – Wonkette [US News & World Report]

Citing “lawyers familiar with the case and government officials,” the Post‘s off-lead says the special prosecutor in the CIA leak case investigation has “zeroed in” on Vice President Cheney’s office
and that the tension between that office and the CIA “contributed to
the unmasking of operative Valerie Plame.” It sounds saucy, but the speculation isn’t particularly new. Still, there might be an important puzzle piece buried at the end of the Post‘s
story, namely a hint about how the White House might have seen a State
Department memo that identified Plame. In any case, the special
prosecutor’s office hinted about the possibility of an announcement
soon. In a rare public statement, the office said an announcement on
the case will happen in D.C. rather than Chicago, where the prosecutor
is based. – Slate

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