“Sources who know about the case say that within the agencies involved in the investigation, the FBI, the FDA, the US Postal Service, there is surprise, even shock and anger about the US Attorney’s decision,” he said on today’s NPR sports news. “Those agencies reportedly only got about a half hour notice that the decision was going to be announced. And this was after there had been indications that prosecutors were preparing to indict Armstrong and others on federal crimes, including mail fraud, drug distribution, wire fraud, witness tampering.
“Those indictments were said to be coming soon, maybe even next month. One source said there were absolutely no weaknesses in the case. On the other hand, I was told by a person with knowledge of the decision that the US Attorney didn’t agree there was sufficient evidence of federal crimes. The person also said that while this announcement came quickly, the US Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. struggled with the decision.”Time will tell whether Andre Birotte's motive and reasoning for dropping the case comes to light.