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Here is a slightly old blurb which appeared in the Washington Post about Patrick Fitzgerald, the "Irish alligator."

WHO HIRED THIS GUY: With Patrick Fitzgerald front and center in the newly high-profile Plame case, we thought you might enjoy David Von Drehle’s original profile in the Washington Post. The piece appeared two days after Fitzgerald was appointed. Here’s how it started out:

VON DREHLE (1/1/04): If Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the man chosen to investigate the leak of a CIA operative's identity to a prominent Washington journalist, is everything people say he is, there should be a nervous leaker out there today.

Colleagues, classmates and more neutral observers say the Chicago-based U.S. attorney is fiercely independent, relentless, tireless, fearless. He has sent al Qaeda terrorists, mob hit men and drug dealers to jail; last month he indicted the former governor of Illinois. American Lawyer magazine has written of his "almost frightening brilliance." Author Daniel Benjamin, having studied Fitzgerald's work in prosecuting terrorists in New York, calls him "an awesome public servant."

"Anybody who has done something wrong in connection with [the leak] should not be heartened by Patrick Fitzgerald's appointment," says former deputy attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. "That's an incredible understatement."

Oof! But things only got worse for a leaker-gone-wrong when Von Drehle limned Fitzgerald’s family background:

VON DREHLE: Fitzgerald is the son of Irish immigrants—"fresh off the boat," in the words of John Goggins, a prominent corporate lawyer in New York who has known Fitzgerald since high school. He grew up in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn and won a scholarship to Regis High School in Manhattan, a highly competitive Jesuit academy.

He worked his way through Amherst College, cleaning the school's restrooms and painting walls. In summers, the math and economics major earned more tuition money as a school janitor and part-time doorman in some of the same Upper East Side luxury buildings where his father had worked as a doorman for years.

Fitzgerald got his fill of rich and powerful people that way, Goggins said.

"He had numerous funny anecdotes about being treated shabbily by residents who didn't realize this was a Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst, and later a Harvard Law School student, holding the door." According to his friends, Fitzgerald never resented the slights, but he also made it clear that he was never going to seek the approval of such people.

Eek! A brilliant, hard-nosed prosecutor who “got his fill of rich and powerful people” as a youth? If we were a leaker-gone-wrong in the White House, we’d be asking: Who hired this guy?


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