Reuters reports that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has filed a request for a new grand jury. The report stated "'the investigation will involve proceedings before a different grand jury than the grand jury which returned the indictment' against Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis 'Scooter' Libby." (tip)
Legal experts assert that Fitzgerald "is considering additional criminal charges in the case." In a related matter, 16 former CIA officers have written President Bush, "asking for a pledge not to pardon anyone involved in leaking Valerie Plame's name to reporters and to pull security clearances of anyone at the White House who spoke to reporters about her CIA status."
Meanwhile, the fallout from WaPo editor and reporter Bob Woodward's involvement in the case continues. On Saturday, WaPo editorial board wrote that White House "punishment" is merited only if "administration officials deliberately set out to unmask a secret agent" and says that "[i]t's not in the public interest for reporters to be forced to reveal their confidential sources in cases such as this." [Note - the editorial board does not say that Woodward should be allowed to withhold information from a grand jury - only the "public." This is not Woodward's position.]
Earlier this week, Woodward testified under oath in a deposition before Fitzgerald. Woodward stated that he learned of Wilson's wife in mid-June 2003, opening the curtain on the WaPo's own Judy Miller show. An unnamed administration official told Fitzgerald on 3 November that he told Woodward about Wilson's wife in June 2003.
Others are not so sanguine, asserting that Woodward's lucrative book deals have caused him to value access more than honor. From Marketwatch:
Just when you thought that journalists couldn't bring any more embarrassments to the craft, Woodward says, Gotcha! He now takes his place along side the others who have caused members of the profession to be mortified and, at the very least, apologize to the public about our ethical lapses...