stripping spaces in front of line

eight02645999 at eight02645999 at
Sat Mar 4 05:01:30 CET 2006

wish to ask a qns on strip
i wish to strip all spaces in front of a line (in text file)

f = open("textfile","rU")
while (1):
        line = f.readline().strip()
        if line == '':
        print line

in "textfile", i added some spaces in and then ran the code, it prints
out the lines without the spaces in front. I double checked "textfile"
and it does contains some lines with spaces in front.
Is it true that "readline().strip()" perform the removing of spaces in
front of a line as well? Is it documented anywhere?
I am using Windows environment. thanks

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