Rove/Plame: Judy testimony continues today; WSJ points to widening probe

class=img_thumbleft>Today's Wall Street Journal contains a vital story by John McKinnon, Joe Hagan, and Anne Marie Squeo. They report that the NYT's Judith Miller, the Mata Hari of modern journalism, testified at Fitzgerald's panel yesterday and will return again today--and that Karl Rove may take this stand as early as today too.

But the aspect of the story that's got people buzzing seems to confirm the point I was speculating about yesterday concerning the White House Iraq Group--namely, that Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation is headed straight at them. The WSJ reporters write:

There are signs that prosecutors now are looking into contacts between administration officials and journalists that took place much earlier than previously thought. Earlier conversations are potentially significant, because that suggests the special prosecutor leading the investigation is exploring whether there was an effort within the administration at an early stage to develop and disseminate confidential information to the press that could undercut former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife, Central Intelligence Agency official Valerie Plame....

Lawyers familiar with the investigation believe that at least part of the outcome likely hangs on the inner workings of what has been dubbed the White House Iraq Group. Formed in August 2002, the group, which included Messrs. Rove and Libby, worked on setting strategy for selling the war in Iraq to the public in the months leading up to the March 2003 invasion. The group likely would have played a significant role in responding to Mr. Wilson's claims...

In a memo to staffers yesterday, New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller confirmed that [Judith] Miller would return to the grand jury "to supplement her earlier testimony," and noted that this means Ms. Miller is "not yet clear of legal jeopardy." [emphasis added] [Read story.]

Here is SourceWatch's backgrounder page on the White House Iraq Group. (Members: Karl Rove, Karen Hughes, Mary Matalin, James R. Wilkinson, Nicholas E. Calio, Condoleezza Rice, Stephen Hadley, and Scooter Libby.)

Here is the ThinkProgress backgrounder from a couple of months back on 21 administration officials implicated in the Plame case.

Jane Hamsher & Co. at Firedoglake are writing the definitive blog accounts of the case at this point.

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