By: TONI LOCY, Associated Press Writer
(AP) Lawyers for a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney told a federal judge Friday that they want to subpoena journalists and news organizations to seek additional documents they may have related to the leak of a CIA operative’s name.
In a joint filing with prosecutors, lawyers for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, 55, warned U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton that a trial likely will be delayed because of their strategy in seeking more subpoenas of reporters’ notes and other records.
Libby was indicted last year on charges that he lied to FBI agents and a federal grand jury about how he learned about CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity and when he subsequently told reporters.
Plame’s identity was revealed in July 2003 by columnist Robert Novak after Wilson accused the Bush administration of twisting intelligence about Iraq’s efforts to buy uranium “yellowcake” in Niger. The year before, the CIA had sent Wilson to Africa to determine the accuracy of the uranium reports; he concluded they were untrue.
Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, in announcing the charges against Libby, portrayed Cheney’s former chief of staff as the first government official to have shared Plame’s name and her work at the CIA with reporters in the summer of 2003.