06 April 2006

Libby Says Bush Authorized Leaks to Judith Miller

: Libby Says Bush Authorized Leaks (04/06/2006):

"Two days after Wilson's op-ed, Libby met with then-New York Times reporter Judith Miller and not only disclosed portions of the NIE, but also Plame's CIA employment and potential role in her husband's trip.

Regarding that meeting, Libby 'testified that he was specifically authorized in advance... to disclose the key judgments of the classified NIE to Miller' because Vice President Cheney believed it to be 'very important' to do so, the court papers filed Wednesday said. The New York Sun reported the court filing on its Web site early Thursday.

Libby 'further testified that he at first advised the Vice President that he could not have this conversation with reporter Miller because of the classified nature of the NIE,' the court papers said. Libby 'testified that the Vice President had advised [Libby] that the President had authorized [Libby] to disclose relevant portions of the NIE.'"

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