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Prosecutor confirms Libby told Miller about Plame

[JURIST] I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [official profile], who served as chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney before resigning Friday following his indictment [PDF text; JURIST report] on obstruction of justice and perjury charges in the CIA leak case [JURIST news archive], was the first administration official known to talk to a reporter about the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame when he talked to the New York Times' Judith Miller [JURIST news archive] in June 2003, US Department of Justice Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald [official website] said in a press conference Friday afternoon. Earlier this month Miller said that she "didn't think" she got the name from Libby [JURIST report], and said she couldn't recall who she heard the name from. Fitzgerald also said that the investigation into the leak of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity is not yet over, but noted that the bulk of the work has been completed. Fitzgerald said that the current grand jury's term has expired and will not be renewed, but said that, if necessary, another federal grand jury could be empaneled. Fitzgerald also declined to comment about possible charges [JURIST report] against top presidential advisor Karl Rove [official profile], saying that it was only appropriate to comment on indictments actually returned by the grand jury.

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