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Ex-senator: Prosecutor is out of control

WASHINGTON -- Former senator Fred Thompson criticized the handling of the CIA leak investigation yesterday, saying Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald had to have known from the start that it was not a crime to disclose Valerie Plame Wilson 's identity as an agent.

Thompson depicted Fitzgerald as out of control, telling ABC News there was "no brake and no check and no balance" on the prosecutor.

Thompson's objections are similar to ones Democrats made in the 1990s about independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who spent six years investigating Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Thompson, a Republican from Tennessee, said no law had been broken. "The Justice Department knew that early on. . . . Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald had to have known that at the very beginning," he said.

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