November 27, 2005

Second Time reporter to testify in CIA leak case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A second Time magazine reporter has
been asked by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to testify
in the CIA leak investigation, the magazine disclosed in its
December 5 issue.

Viveca Novak, who covered the inquiry into the leak of CIA
operative Valerie Plame's cover for Time, has been asked to
testify under oath about her conversations starting in May 2004
with Robert Luskin, attorney for White House deputy chief of
staff Karl Rove, Time said.

Plame's cover at the CIA was blown after her husband,
former diplomat Joseph Wilson, accused the Bush administration
of twisting prewar intelligence to support invading Iraq.
Wilson said it was done to undercut his credibility.

The two-year investigation, which has reached into the
highest levels of the White House, resulted in charges of
perjury and obstructing justice against Vice President Dick
Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Libby, who
pleaded not guilty, has resigned from the administration.

Fitzgerald has said he would continue the case before
another grand jury and Rove was told by prosecutors last month
that he remained under investigation and could still be
charged, lawyers said.

An attorney involved in the case said he was informed by
Time magazine on Saturday night that Novak was asked to testify
about her conversations with Luskin.

Luskin declined to comment on the Time report.

Time reporter Matthew Cooper has testified about his
conversations with Rove in July 2003.

Fitzgerald had said Libby was the first official known to
have told a reporter about Plame.

But Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward testified later
on November 14 that a senior Bush administration official had
casually told him in mid-June 2003 -- nearly a month before
Plame's secret identity was revealed publicly by columnist
Robert Novak -- about her position at the CIA.

Time said Robert Novak and Viveca Novak are not related.

(Additional reporting by Adam Entous)