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Judith Miller, the New York Times reporter who spent 85 days in jail protecting her source, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, in the CIA leak case, testified against Libby in his perjury trial on Tuesday. A Washington Post reporter explains the trial's latest developments.
During the summer of 2005, then-New York Times reporter Judith Miller went to jail for 85 days for refusing to reveal who gave her the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame. Miller eventually was freed when that source, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, then chief of staff to the vice president, releases her from her pledge of confidentiality.
JUDITH MILLER, Former Reporter, New York Times:
I was a journalist doing my job, protecting my source until my source freed me to perform my civic duty to testify.
During the lead-up to the Iraq war, Miller frequently wrote about the search for weapons of mass destruction. Libby allegedly disclosed Valerie Plame's identity to Miller as part of a White House effort to discredit Plame's husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson, who had publicly disputed a key part of the Bush administration's intelligence on WMD.
Libby is charged with lying during a federal investigation into the leak. This afternoon, Miller, who left the Times more than a year ago, was called to testify about her conversations with Libby.
And once again, today Carol Leonnig was in the courtroom for the Washington Post, and once again she's with us to describe what happened.
Carol, welcome back.
CAROL LEONNIG, The Washington Post:
Thank you, Jeff.
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