A former New York Times reporter who went to jail for refusing to reveal who leaked the name of a CIA operative is expected to take the stand Tuesday in the perjury trial of Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff.
Judith Miller served 85 days in jail in 2005 for refusing to testify before the grand jury investigating who leaked the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson.
Lewis “Scooter” Libby is accused of lying to a grand jury and to FBI agents when he told them that he learned of Wilson’s identity from reporters.
Libby is not charged with leaking the operative’s name or CIA connection.
Special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald has used testimony to paint Libby as someone who used lies and deception to try to discredit Bush administration war critic Joseph Wilson, the husband of Valerie Plame Wilson.
Her name and occupation were made public in a column by Robert Novak on July 14, 2003.
Novak’s column followed a New York Times op-ed piece by Joseph Wilson challenging a key element of the administration’s case for war — that Iraq had sought uranium from Niger for a nuclear weapons program.