Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Roundup: 'Stressed' Miller takes stand in CIA leak trial

Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller is "stressed out" and on the stand live undergoing questions in the CIA leak trial, and has just contradicted statements by Vice President Cheney's former Chief of Staff I. Lewis Libby, who said he believed he first learned of CIA officer Valerie Plame's identity from another reporter.

AP: "Miller testified Tuesday that Libby discussed the CIA officer on June 3, 2003. He said Wilson’s wife worked for the “bureau,” Miller recalled. She was confused about that at first, she said. “Through the context of the discussion, I quickly determined it to be the CIA,” she testified.

Firedoglake, which has been covering the CIA leak trial closely, is in the courtroom now. "This is not the picture of someone who is relaxed," blogger EmptyWheel notes.

It "looks like she's doing breathing exercises, pouring herself water. Got out of chair and is now back," adds EmptyWheel. "Gets more water... Looking around cautiously. Closes eyes. Breathes. Breathes out. Looking straight forward. Head darts nervously. Staring forward. Shifts in chair. Looks toward Libby's team? Looks toward lawyers. Adjusts blouse. Looks at lawyers again. Looks down, folds arms. Looks down. Looks toward Libby's team. Folds arms, leans back, turning in swivel chair. Takes glasses off. Looks for tissue to wipe her hands."




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