Judge Walton's latest opinion foreshadows the dramatic national security issues that engaged I. Lewis Libby during critical phases of the Plame case. Matt Apuzzo of the AP has coverage; a link to the opinion is here (38 page .pdf).
My impression is that the two sides have whittled the pile of classified info down to a reasonable size, and that this will not be the reason the case founders.
AN AP excerpt:
Libby plans to testify that he had other, more weighty issues on his mind and simply misspoke or forgot when interviewed by the FBI and the grand jury.
Among those issues were the 2003 rise of Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, a diplomatic crisis in Turkey, the ousting of Liberian President Charles Taylor and the role of the Iraqi military after the fall of Saddam Hussein.
And ley us not deny Judge Walton his fun:
Walton said he tried to balance national security concerns with Libby's right to a fair trial. The judge stressed that pre-approving classified evidence "requires a court to play the role of Johnny Carson's character Carnac the Magnificent by requiring it to render rulings before knowing the exact context of how those rulings will coincide with other evidence that has actually been developed at trial."
Shouldn't that be a Jon Stewart reference? His age (and mine) is showing.