AP Offers Scorecard on Reporters Who Will Testify at CIA Leak Trial

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A list of potential journalist witnesses in the obstruction and perjury trial of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney follows.

Prosecution and defense lawyers are not required to provide lists of their witnesses. These names were drawn from court documents and gleaned from hearings on what evidence the two sides expect to present during the trial, which is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

PROSECUTION

JUDITH MILLER: A former New York Times reporter, Miller interviewed Libby three times in 2003 – June 23, July 8 and July 12. Prosecutors say Libby told Miller that Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA. Miller fought efforts to have her testify before a grand jury investigating the leak, but yielded after serving 85 days in jail.

ARI FLEISCHER: The former White House press secretary is expected to be an important witness. Prosecutors say Libby told him on July 7, 2003, that Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA and that it was not widely known.

TIM RUSSERT: The Washington bureau chief for NBC News will be an important witness because Libby says Russert was the one who first informed him, on July 10, 2003, that Wilson’s wife worked for the CIA. Prosecutors say Libby already knew that and it did not come up in the Russert conversation.

MATTHEW COOPER: A Time magazine reporter, Cooper interviewed Libby on July 12, 2003. During that interview, prosecutors say, Libby confirmed that he had heard Wilson’s wife was involved in sending him to Niger.

DEFENSE

REPORTERS: Defense lawyers plan to call as many as seven reporters to testify about their conversations with Libby. The reporters have not been identified.

BOB WOODWARD: An assistant managing editor at The Washington Post, Woodward tape-recorded a June 13, 2003, interview with Armitage in which Plame was identified as a CIA agent. The tape is likely to be entered into evidence. Woodward could testify that Plame’s identity was disclosed as an aside, not as something of extreme importance.

ROBERT NOVAK: The syndicated columnist was the first reporter to disclose Plame’s CIA job. Defense lawyers could call Novak to testify that Libby was not one of his sources, but it is unclear how much of that testimony the judge would allow.



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