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CIA Leak Probe Jury Adjourns for Day


A U.S. grand jury investigating who leaked the identity of a covert CIA officer has adjourned for the day, with no word on whether prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald will seek any indictments.

Lawyers in the case have said the prosecutor may ask the jury to issue charges against President Bush's chief adviser Karl Rove and Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff Lewis Libby.

But Mr. Fitzgerald left a Washington courthouse Wednesday with no comment after meeting with jurors. Officials say he is not likely to make an announcement Wednesday.

Mr. Fitzgerald is investigating whether the White House ruined the cover of CIA operative Valerie Plame in 2003 to strike back at her husband, Iraq war critic Joseph Wilson.

On Tuesday, FBI agents interviewed several of Ms. Plame's neighbors and an associate of Mr. Rove as the investigation continued.

The grand jury is scheduled to expire Friday unless extended by a judge.

The White House has generally refused to comment on the probe, though a spokesman said Wednesday that officials are following the news.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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