Neil Lewis and Scott Shane of the NY Times continue to cover the Alternate Reality version of the Libby trial. Here is their carefully crafted, deeply researched summary of the current state of play:
Although the jury will not hear Mr. Libby in person, during the trial, prosecutors played eight hours of audiotapes in which Mr. Fitzgerald questioned him before the grand jury. The jury heard Mr. Libby giving his version calmly in the first two-thirds of the tapes and then seeming to become uneasy and less confident as Mr. Fitzgerald bore in.
Prosecutors have said Mr. Libby learned of the identity of Mr. Wilson’s wife, Valerie Wilson, from fellow administration officials in the summer of 2003 and discussed her with reporters. Mr. Libby swore that he had not discussed Ms. Wilson with reporters and believed that he had learned about her in a conversation on July 10 or 11 with Tim Russert of NBC News.
Judith Miller, formerly of The New York Times, and Matthew Cooper, formerly of Time magazine, testified for the prosecution that Mr. Libby had discussed Ms. Wilson with them. Mr. Russert testified that he never discussed Ms. Wilson with Mr. Libby.
Groan. Libby testified to the grand jury (and as re-heard by the trial jury) that he learned about Plame from Russert on July 10 or 11, then leaked it back to Cooper and Miller as reporter gossip.
Ms. Miller's tale that she and Libby discussed Plame on July 8 undercuts this; Cooper's contribution is to deny that Libby sourced this as reporter gossip.
This is very basic stuff here.