I spent a good deal of time this afternoon listening to Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald talking about how it's illegal for him to say anything beyond the issues raised in the indictment of Scooter Libby that his grand jury issued today. Reporters kept asking to get tidbits on Rove, Cheney, and the conspiracy theory that this was an organized revenge against Joe Wilson. Fitzgerald honorably resisted their attempts to draw out information on anyone who wasn't indicted and on any events not necessary to explain the indictment.
There's one thing that's bothering me, though. The indictment goes on and on about how serious it is to leak the identity of an undercover CIA agent (leaving aside the issue of whether someone listed in Who's Who as a CIA agent is really undercover). If Fitzgerald had been able to get the grand jury convinced that they had enough to indict either Libby or Karl Rove on that sort of charge, they would have included indictments on those matters. They didn't pursue that course. So isn't it illegal for Fitzgerald to include all that language in the indictment? Maybe I just don't understand the law he's referring to, but it seems to me that his own description of what he can and can't talk about shouldn't allow that language in the indictment at all, and when he resisted answering reporters' questions he really made it sound as if his talking about such matters would be a serious crime. Why isn't it an equally serious crime to talk about all those things not related to the indictment that he talks about in the indictment itself?