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Another Reporter for Time to Testify in CIA Leak Case

November 28, 2005|From Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A second Time magazine correspondent has agreed to cooperate in the CIA leak case and will testify about her discussions with the lawyer for White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove.

Viveca Novak, a reporter in Time's Washington bureau, is cooperating with Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald, who is investigating the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity in 2003, the magazine reported in its Dec. 5 issue.

Novak has been asked to testify under oath about conversations she had with Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin, starting in May 2004, the magazine reported.

Novak, part of a team tracking the leak case for Time, has written or contributed to articles in which Luskin characterized the nature of what was said between Rove and Matthew Cooper, the first Time reporter who testified in the case.

Cooper appeared before the grand jury in July after Time surrendered his notes and e-mails detailing a conversation with Rove.

I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, was indicted on perjury and obstruction charges Oct. 28.

Fitzgerald said in court papers this month that he would present additional evidence to another grand jury.

Rove has remained under investigation for his role in the naming of Plame, whose husband, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, had criticized the Bush administration's use of prewar intelligence.

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