Hannah's cooperation early on in the leak investigation ultimately helped Fitzgerald and his staff discover the identity of the Bush administration official who leaked information about Plame Wilson's work with the CIA to Novak, these sources said.Fitzgerald has taken his time methodically building a strong case against everyone involved, and is now, according to Leopold's sources, "preparing the paperwork to present to a grand jury outlining the charges against Rove in hopes of securing an indictment." Whether Rove will be identified as the leaker, or will be brought up on charges, similar to the previously indicted Scooter Libby, of perjury and obstruction, remains to be seen.
The identity of the individual who leaked Plame Wilson's CIA status to Novak is still publicly unknown. No one in the White House was aware that Hannah was cooperating with the special counsel, the sources said, adding that information Hannah provided to Fitzgerald was instrumental in securing a perjury indictment against Libby. Hannah's attorney did not return numerous calls for comment.
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