Please, Mr. Fitzgerald: Do something and soon. There’s only so much pontificating and punditicating that we can do.

Updates on the Judith Miller saga:

  • Fitzgerald’s grand jury is meeting at the federal courthouse in D.C. this morning. The press is out in full force, but word on the street has it that nothing major will happen today. ‘Til Monday?

  • The Los Angeles Times reports that Scooter Libby “monitored all of Wilson’s television appearances and urged the White House to mount an aggressive public campaign against him.” Said one source, “Scooter had a plan to counter Wilson and a passionate desire to do so.” Anyone think that this “former White House official” could be this guy?

      It didn’t make the front page this morning, but it seems to me that it’s a big deal when a former top administration official declares that a secret cabal led by the vice president has hijacked U.S. foreign policy, inveigled the president, condoned torture and crippled the ability of the government to respond to emergencies.

      Lawrence Wilkerson, who was chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell until both men resigned in January, unleashed his blistering attack on the Bush White House yesterday at a luncheon at a Washington think tank.

      Edward Alden writes in the Financial Times: “Vice-President Dick Cheney and a handful of others had hijacked the government’s foreign policy apparatus, deciding in secret to carry out policies that had left the US weaker and more isolated in the world, the top aide to former Secretary of State Colin Powell claimed on Wednesday.

  • Is Karl Rove still leaking?

  • And since when (and why?) did this leak-proof White House become so porous?

more after the jump…

  • William Powers says that this whole saga is “a tale so intricate and involuted, it appears to have been consciously designed to stump us.

  • The Note makes an excellent point:

      History might record that 9/11 job lock produced the burnout that set the Bush presidency down its current path.

  • The Wall Street Journal says that this case could not only concern “Plame’s identity but also other secrets related to national security.” (talk of utilizing the–oh so loved and oh so hated–Espionage Age is mentioned, too).

  • Slate’s Eric Umansky describes today’s New York Times piece most appropriately: “The NYT also fronts Plame specula-news. There’s no news in the story, nor new speculation: The prosecutor might go after Rove and, wait for it, Libby, for, allegedly, misleading the grand jury.” Woe is the Times…

  • And all the while, the NYT’s editorial board unbelievably stays silent…

  • Out of the hushed hallway encounters and one-on-one conversations, several scenarios have begun to emerge if Rove or vice presidential chief of staff I. Lewis Libby is indicted and forced out.”

  • Mickey Kaus: How the Democrats could blow Plame-Gate.

  • How and why the White House’s defense on this matter isn’t yielding the results they’d hoped for.

  • Jay Rosen is trying to get some answers from the NYTimes.

  • Eugene Robinson comes to Miller’s defense…sort of.