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8/7/2005 12:00 pm

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Entered 8/7/2005, Updated 8/7/2005

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From Murray Waas at the American Prospect: "I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, has told federal investigators that he met with New York Times reporter Judith Miller on July 8, 2003, and discussed CIA operative Valerie Plame, according to legal sources familiar with Libby's account. " There are 2,500 more words after that, but this is pretty much the only thing that's new. There's also a recap of information about the subpoena that Patrick Fitzgerald issued to Miller related to her meeting with Libby, but it basically amounts to the fact that Fitzgerald ordered her to produce "documents provided...by such government official on July 8, 2003." Miller, of course, has refused to comply, but the implication of Waas's piece is that Libby gave information to Miller, not the other way around as people have been speculating: "An attorney in private practice who once worked closely with Fitzgerald while both men were federal prosecutors said that the specific nature of Fitzgerald’s request was a "good indication that [Fitzgerald] has specific information ... or perhaps even a witness who saw, or had other information" that Libby "might have brought documents to the meeting with Miller." More grist for the mill. And as long as we're speculating, it's a little odd for a story like this to appear on the Prospect's site on a Saturday, isn't it? Perhaps trying to beat someone to the punch who has a story coming out on Sunday?


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