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Wed Oct 10, 2012, 03:27 PM

30. Why they closed it is controversial.

"According to reports sources within the FBI, the FDA, and the U.S. Posal Service were 'shocked, surprised, and angered' at the unexplained closure. One source said 'there were no weaknesses in the case.' ESPN reported that prosecutors had prepared a written recommendation to indict Armstrong and others. A source close to the investigation said Sheryl Crow had been a 'star witness'. Crow did not respond to interview requests.

Four possible factors behind (U.S. Attorney André) Birotte's decision to close the case:

1. Birotte, who'd been appointed just 11 months before, wanted to protect President Obama from the potentially ugly spectacle of indicting an American hero during an election year.

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3. Birotte was wary of the cancer lobby. A controversy had recently erupted when the Susan G. Komen Foundation withdrew $700,000 in funding for Planned Parenthood for what appeared to be pressure from the political right...On Friday, February 3, the same day the case was dropped, the Lance Armstrong Foundation donated $100,000 to Planned Parenthood to fill the funding gap, providing a clear signal of the LAF's support of the Obama administration's stance on reproductive rights, as well as a connection to the millions of women who objected to the Komen Foundation's decision."

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