Washington DC - (Associated Mess): Awesome fearless DC lawman Patrick Fitzgerald played a trump card of stratospheric proportions today in a broad-grinned public implication that George Bush's genius White House PR aide Karl Rove might be off the hook over the leaking of a CIA operative's ID.
A statement issued by Rove's attorney Robert Luskin said that Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald formally advised him this morning that he did not anticipate seeking perjury charges against Karl Rove.....at least not in the next 24 hours or so.
The news was greeted with crows of delight in the White House where the Rove camp has steadfastly pleaded his total blamelessness and innocence over the leak which outed CIA spook Valerie Plame.
Plame had previously been anonymously named as the official source who told the press that the Saddam yellowcake uranium fantasy was dreamed up by a fruitcake in the White House.
Yellowcake and Weapons of Massive Delusion were President George Bush's official justification for invading Iraq in 2003 and the first staging-post of his global peace process mission to hike up the price of Middle East crude for the benefit of the McTomb ruling family in Dubai, purveyors of high-class military intelligence to the Bush Dynasty since 1988.
Plame's husband, former US Ambassador Joseph Wilson, had previously gone on the record as saying that the Bush administration was yet another twisted invention of the Ancient American Order of the Skull 'N' Bones, whose speciality of perverting of the course of justice was a mere symptom of their congenital addiction to telling mega whoppers to the gullible American public.
Today sources close to Prosecutor Fitzgerald were remaining tight lipped while grinning from ear to ear and occasionally humming that well known counter-intelligence spooks' favorite ditty "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling".
In US legal circles Fitzgerald's reputation shines as being an all-time grand master tactician whose skills at bluff and counter-bluff might have earned him the ultimate top ranking in professional poker's Hall of Greats if he ever decided to give up the day job.
His busting of White House aide Scooter Libby last year has been seen by many transatlantic commentators as an old sea dog's equivalent of catching a sea-bass in order to bait a whale-shark-infested cess-pool.
Today's apparent withdrawal of some of that juicy bait may have calmed the murky waters in the Cheney end of the pool, where recent frantic activity has centred on the Vice President's legendary skills at perversion of the course of justice.
The UK media has commented that today's announcement lifts a legal and political cloud from the White House and gives Cheney maybe another 24 hours to shred more vital NATO documents that have recently come to light at the UN Security Council implicating him in every Skull 'N' Bones atrocity since the November 1963 assassination of JFK.
More news expected later in the week.