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Carl Icahn may have a secret admirer. The uppity billionaire fired his latest salvo in the battle over Dell late last week, proposing a half-baked leveraged recapitalization. The plan could be a ploy to get Silver Lake Partners and founder Michael Dell to sweeten their $24.4-billion (U.S.) bid. It’s hard not to wonder, though, if the buyout firm isn’t quietly rooting for Mr. Icahn.