New York Times reporter Judith Miller has been subpoenaed by the grand jury trying to determine who leaked the identity of a covert CIA officer, the newspaper said Friday.
Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. said the Times will fight the subpoena, which the newspaper said was issued Thursday. Miller is one of several reporters who have been asked to testify in the probe.
Syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak revealed the name of CIA officer Valerie Plame on July 14, 2003, citing two "senior administration officials" as his sources. Knowingly disclosing an undercover official's identity can be a felony.
Plame's name appeared in Novak's column about a week after her husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, published a newspaper opinion piece criticizing President Bush's claim in the 2003 State of the Union address that Iraq had tried to obtain uranium from Niger.
Wilson was sent by the CIA to Niger to check the allegation. Novak wrote that Plame had suggested her husband for the mission, a claim Plame and Wilson have denied.
On Monday, an Aug. 6 court order was unsealed holding Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper in contempt of court for refusing to testify before the grand jury. Time magazine is appealing the ruling. If it loses, Cooper could be jailed until he agrees to appear, or a maximum of 18 months, and the magazine could be fined $1,000 a day.
Also subpoenaed was NBC-TV's "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert, who agreed to be interviewed under oath to avoid a court battle. NBC News President Neal Shapiro said Russert answered limited questions about a telephone conversation with Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, "without revealing any information he learned in confidence."
Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus, who has written that a Post reporter received information about Plame from a Bush administration official, was subpoenaed Monday. In June, prosecutors interviewed Post reporter Glenn Kessler, regarding two conversations he had with Libby in July 2003.
Kessler has said he told prosecutors that Libby did not mention Plame, Wilson or the CIA-backed trip to Niger and that he testified only because Libby signed a waiver releasing Kessler from any promise of confidentiality.