According to Sale, US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has asked the federal judge in charge of the case to empanel a new grand jury to continue the investigation when this jury's charge expires, after two years, on October 28.
Although most press accounts emphasized that Fitzgerald was likely to concentrate on attempts by Libby, Rove and others to cover up wrongdoing by means of perjury before the grand jury, lying to federal officials, conspiring to obstruct justice, etc. But federal law enforcement officials told this reporter that Fitzgerald was likely to charge the people indicted with violating Joe Wilson's civil rights, smearing his name in an attempt to destroy his ability to earn a living in Washington as a consultant.
The civil rights charge is said to include that "the conspiracy was committed using US government offices, buildings, personnel and funds," one federal law enforcement official said.
Other charges could include possible violations of US espionage laws, including the mishandling of US classified information, these sources said.
Sale is the Intelligence Correspondent for United Press International, a news service owned by right-wing religious leader and convicted felon Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church. Unification Church-owned Washington Times and UPI have been very friendly to both the Bush administration and the GOP in the past. It is doubtful that Sale's story is "liberal media" mudslinging.
In the past, Sale has reported that Saddam Hussein was a CIA ally in Iraq as early as 1959, when he was part of a CIA-assisted squad charged with the assassination of Iraqi Prime Minister Gen. Abd al-Karim Qasim.