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Prosecutor asks NYT reporter to testify again


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WASHINGTON - A federal prosecutor has summoned New York Times reporter Judith Miller to make a second appearance on Wednesday before a federal grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA operative's identity, a New York Times official said.

The decision by federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald comes just days after Miller found notes from a previously undisclosed conversation -- on June 23, 2003 -- with Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

"She is to return to the grand jury Wednesday to supplement her earlier testimony," New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller said in a memo on Tuesday to New York Times staff, a copy of which was forwarded to Reuters.

After spending 85 days in jail, Miller testified before the grand jury for the first time on September 30 and turned over notes from her two previously disclosed conversations with Libby -- on July 8 and July 12, 2003, her lawyers said.

Fitzgerald is wrapping up his investigation into who leaked the identity of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame and whether any laws were violated.

Plame's diplomat husband, Joseph Wilson, asserts that administration officials leaked his wife's identity, which damaged her ability to work undercover, to discredit him for criticizing President George W. Bush's Iraq policy in 2003 after Wilson made a CIA-funded trip to investigate whether Niger helped supply nuclear materials to Baghdad.

Miller's notes could be significant because they suggest that Cheney's office knew who Wilson was and started talking to reporters about him some two weeks before Wilson publicly criticized the administration's Iraq policy in a New York Times opinion piece on July 6, 2003.

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