New York Times reporter Judith Miller’s account of her involvement in the Central Intelligence Agency leak case shows that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has been looking into possible misconduct by Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, the Wall Street Journal says. While public attention has focused largely on the possible role of Karl Rove, President Bush’s senior political adviser, Miller’s account shows that Fitzgerald has been pushing just as hard to obtain evidence on I. Lewis Libby, Cheney’s chief of staff.
An article yesterday by Miller suggests that Libby discussed aspects of Valerie Plame’s identity with Miller repeatedly, and that he likely revealed other classified information. For Fitzgerald to prosecute a case successfully may be difficult, say legal experts. Miller said she had security clearance while she was embedded in Iraq. Could Libby then argue that he thought any disclosures of classified information to her weren’t an issue?