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Scooter Libby’s lawyers wrapped up their defense quickly — plowing through nine witnesses in just three days. Despite earlier indications, neither Vice President Dick Cheney nor Libby testified. THE WITNESSES AND WHAT THEY SAID • Walter Pincus, Washington Post reporter When he spoke with Libby in early June 2003, Libby made no mention of Valerie Plame. Pincus said he did not learn about her identity until July 12, 2003, when then-White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer told him. • Bob Woodward, Washington Post assistant managing editor He detailed a long interview with Libby on June 27, 2003, in which, he said, Valerie Plame never came up. Woodward had already learned about her identity two weeks prior in an interview with then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. • David Sanger, New York Times reporter He said that Libby never mentioned Valerie Plame during a June 2, 2003, interview at the Old Executive Office Building. He said he “probably didn’t know” about her identity at that time. • Robert Novak, syndicated columnist Novak, who first publicly disclosed Plame’s name in a July 14, 2003, column, said he first learned about her identity from Armitage in June 2003.
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• Evan Thomas, Newsweek assistant managing editor During just five minutes on the stand, Thomas said that he did not speak with Libby about Plame on July 12, 2003. In grand jury testimony, Libby said he thought he spoke with Thomas about Plame. • Glenn Kessler, Washington Post reporter He spoke with Libby on July 12, 2003, but Plame’s name never came up. In grand jury testimony, Libby said he thought he probably spoke with Kessler about Plame. • Carl Ford, assistant secretary of state for African affairs He prepared a memo for Undersecretary of State Marc Grossman about Joseph Wilson’s trip to Niger in early June 2003. • Jill Abramson, New York Times managing editor During just five minutes on the stand, she testified that she had “no recollection” that former New York Times reporter Judith Miller told her about Plame in July 2003. But Abramson said “it’s possible” that she tuned Miller out. • John Hannah, national security adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney Hannah detailed Libby’s busy schedule dealing with a range of issues from the Iraq War to nuclear proliferation in Iran and North Korea. He also said that Libby had an “awful memory.”


Emma Schwartz can be contacted at [email protected].

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