The Chicago Tribune is reporting that computer equipment containing audio files of wiretapped conversations has been stolen from the office Rod Blagojevich's defense attorney.
UPDATE: In a brief statement, a Chicago Police Department official confirmed that eight computers and a safe were stolen from Blagojevich's lawyer's office. "The content of the computers we have no knowledge of, nor do we care about," he said, which makes absolutely no sense to us.
From the Trib:
Chicago police are investigating a burglary at the law offices of the attorneys for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, sources said, and are trying to recover computers containing discovery evidence in the sweeping corruption case.
Someone broke into the offices of laywers Sam Adam and his son, Sam Adam Jr., in the 6100 block of South Ellis Avenue, sources said, and stole computer equipment. At least one of those computers carried copies of secretly made tape recordings in the case, sources said.
How very Nixonian! Blagojevich has called himself "the anti-Nixon"; we can't really figure out at this early stage whether this break-in cements or undermines that characterization. Since the material stolen is reportedly discovery evidence, and therefore just copies of what the prosecution has, our completely uninformed gut is telling us that this was staged in order to give Blagojevich cover to start leaking extended portions of the incriminating wiretaps—something he has repeatedly said he looks forward to doing. Either that or he dumped all his mob-related files on his lawyer for safekeeping. Of course, it could just be a random break-in, just like everyone thought Watergate was at first. But for some reason, we're disinclined to give Blagojevich the benefit of the doubt.