Washington DC - (AssoCIAted Mess): The corridors of power on Capitol Hill have been awash all week with high level rumors that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has a Plame-Game injury time wild card up his sleeve and is ready to play it as a one-off birthday treat for Bill Clinton's 60th on 19th August.
As a glittering array of Global Piss Process luminaries prepares to descend on New York's uber-chic Yellowcake Astoria Hotel tomorrow night for an evening of glamorous fun, entertainment and unbridled celebrations hosted by New York Senator Hillary Clinton, a frisson of glee is fizzing among legal circle elites who have been privy to a host of priviledged information about background moves in the Plame outing affair.
Sources close to former Clinton National Security Adviser Sandy Berger's lawyers in Santa Monica Lewinsky, California have indicated that crucial evidence from senior British political figures has provided conclusive evidence that Plame's husband ex-UN Ambassador Joseph Wilson may have been set up by an "as yet unidentified woman working exclusively for the financial interests of the Ancient American Order of the Skull 'N' Bones".
And as speculation fizzes at fever pitch in the hallowed chambers of both houses of Congress regarding the identity of the cunning vixen whose machiavellian machinations ended Plame's CIA career, security is being stepped up around the Astoria birthday party venue as celebrities fly in from all over the world for tomorrow night's star-studded extravaganza.
High on the guest list are Tony and Cherie Blair, who are expected to interrupt their Carribean holiday in Barbados to attend their old pal Bubba's 60th, along with former Clinton ambassador to Paris Pamela Harriman, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise and ex-Attorney General Janet Reno - who has once again promised to pop out of a yellowcake birthday cake 'Marilyn Monroe-style' as a special treat to honor the occasion.
Rumors that the Bush family organised crime cartel may also put in an appearance tomorrow night were also flying high this week following Clinton's heart-rending admission ealier this year that President George Bush Senior had been "like a Godfather'"to him.
And Laura Bush's insistence this week that spending a trifling $5,000 on a new party dress was purely co-incidence has been taken as a broad hint among DuPont Circle sources that the First Lady will not let satrorial one-upmanship let her down in any party the Clintons are associated with.
The world's TV cameras will be poised on Lower Manhattan tomorrow evening as the gliitering gala festivities kick off and political pundits will be holding their breath to see just what Fitzie has lined up for this most special of occasions.