Second TIME reporter to testify in CIA leak probe

[JURIST] Viveca Novak, a TIME magazine reporter who covered the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity, has been asked to testify by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald [official website] in the leak investigation [JURIST news archive] which is now going before a second grand jury [JURIST report]. Novak has been asked to testify under oath about conversations she has had since May 2004 with Robert Luskin, attorney for Karl Rove, the White House's deputy chief of staff. Novak will be the second TIME reporter to testify after Matthew Cooper testified [JURIST report] about his conversations with Rove in July 2003. Plame's cover was blown after her husband and former diplomat Joseph Wilson publicly denounced the Bush administration for manipulating intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq. Viveca Novak is not related to columnist Robert Novak, the columnist who first revealed Plame's identity publicly. Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the first official indicted after a two-year grand jury investigation, has pleaded not guilty [JURIST report] to charges [PDF indictment; JURIST report] of perjury and obstructing justice and has resigned from the administration. Reuters has more.



 

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