On CNN’s “On the Story” program this morning, Andrea Koppel said that Secretary Powell had said something recently that hinted that he might be leaving. Since this interview with Maria Bartiromo is one of the most recent, this might be the line:
- MS. BARTIROMO: Are you planning to announce imminently that you’re stepping down, sir.
- SECRETARY POWELL: Whenever something is to be announced, it will be announced, and it is a matter for the President and I to discuss and decide.
To construe that as saying he’s leaving is reading a lot into it, although it is not a straightforward statement that he will stay.