CIA Leak Witnesses
Saturday, January 13, 2007; 11:41 AM
-- A list of potential witnesses in the obstruction and perjury trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney. Prosecution and defense lawyers are not required to provide lists of their witnesses. These names were drawn from court documents and gleaned from hearings on what evidence the two sides expect to present during the trial, which is scheduled to begin Tuesday.
ROBERT GRENIER: A veteran CIA official, he was head of the office that helped plan the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Defense lawyers believe Grenier _ or former Deputy CIA Director John McLaughlin _ is the unidentified officer who, prosecutors say, told Libby on June 11, 2003, that the wife of war critic Joseph Wilson worked for the CIA.
MARC GROSSMAN: A former under secretary of state, Grossman allegedly told Libby on June 12, 2003, that Wilson's wife worked for the CIA and had helped arrange his fact-finding trip to the African nation of Niger. Wilson traveled there to check out reports that then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had tried to buy yellowcake uranium from Niger to make a nuclear weapon. Defense lawyers have called Grossman "a critical witness for the government."
CRAIG SCHMALL: A CIA employee, Schmall is believed to be the briefer with whom Libby discussed Wilson and Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame. The discussion was outlined in the indictment charging Libby, but Schmall was not named in the document.
JUDITH MILLER: A former New York Times reporter, Miller interviewed Libby three times in 2003 _ June 23, July 8 and July 12. Prosecutors say Libby told Miller that Wilson's wife worked at the CIA. Miller fought efforts to have her testify before a grand jury investigating the leak, but yielded after serving 85 days in jail.
ARI FLEISCHER: The former White House press secretary is expected to be an important witness. Prosecutors say Libby told him on July 7, 2003, that Wilson's wife worked at the CIA and that it was not widely known.
DAVID ADDINGTON: The former counsel to the vice president, Addington now is Cheney's chief of staff, Libby's old job. Prosecutors say Libby asked Addington on July 8, 2003, what documents the CIA would have if an employee's spouse was sent oversees. The Libby indictment refers to Addington, but prosecutors last year indicated that Fleischer would be their only White House witness.
CATHIE MARTIN: A public affairs assistant to the vice president, Martin told Libby around July 8, 2003, that she learned from another government official that Wilson's wife worked at the CIA. Like Addington, Martin is referred to in the indictment but may not be called as a witness.
BILL HARLOW: The CIA spokesman is believed to be the government official who told Martin that Wilson's wife worked at the CIA.
TIM RUSSERT: The Washington bureau chief for NBC News will be an important witness because Libby says Russert was the one who first informed him, on July 10, 2003, that Wilson's wife worked for the CIA. Prosecutors say Libby already knew that and it did not come up in the Russert conversation.
MATTHEW COOPER: A Time magazine reporter, Cooper interviewed Libby on July 12, 2003. During that interview, prosecutors say, Libby confirmed that he had heard Wilson's wife was involved in sending him to Niger.
LIBBY: He plans to testify. He wants to tell jurors he did not lie to FBI agents or a grand jury about his conversations with reporters. He is expected to say he was focused on national security issues and simply forgot details of less important matters such as Wilson and his wife.
CHENEY: He could testify that Wilson and his wife were not major concerns for him, thus bolstering Libby's memory defense.
COLIN POWELL: Defense lawyers have said they may call the former secretary of state to discuss a September 2003 meeting at the White House in which he reportedly said everyone knew Wilson's wife worked at the CIA.
REPORTERS: Defense lawyers plan to call as many as seven reporters to testify about their conversations with Libby. The reporters have not been identified.
RICHARD ARMITAGE: The former deputy secretary of state was the original source of the leak. He could bolster the idea that discussing Plame was not illegal, so Libby would have had no reason to lie to investigators. But Armitage's testimony could be limited by U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton. The judge wants to avoid bogging the trial down on who was responsible for leaking Plame's identity.
BOB WOODWARD: An assistant managing editor at The Washington Post, Woodward tape-recorded a June 13, 2003, interview with Armitage in which Plame was identified as a CIA agent. The tape is likely to be entered into evidence. Woodward could testify that Plame's identity was disclosed as an aside, not as something of extreme importance.
STEPHEN HADLEY: President Bush's national security adviser could be called to testify about the Bush administration's effort to rebut Wilson's criticism of prewar intelligence on Iraq.
GEORGE TENET: Prosecutors have said they do not plan to call the former CIA director. Defense lawyers could call him to discuss the agency's response to the Wilson matter.
KARL ROVE: Prosecutors have said they do not plan to call the president's top political adviser to testify. Defense lawyers could call Rove to talk about the hectic pace at the White House during the early days of the Iraq war. But Rove comes with baggage: He was a subject of the leak investigation and provided varying versions of his discussions with reporters about Plame.
ROBERT NOVAK: The syndicated columnist was the first reporter to disclose Plame's CIA job. Defense lawyers could call Novak to testify that Libby was not one of his sources, but it is unclear how much of that testimony the judge would allow.
WILSON: Defense lawyers subpoenaed the former ambassador as a possible witness but said they probably will not call him.