Sunday, March 12, 2006
SMH: Judge orders redacted secret reports to Libby's defense - March 12
A US judge yesterday ordered the CIA to turn over summaries of top-secret intelligence briefs to lawyers representing indicted ex-White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, left, setting up a possible constitutional showdown.
Libby, who denies obstruction of justice, perjury and other charges over the outing of a CIA spy in the run-up to war with Iraq, had demanded presidential daily briefs detailing threats to the United States, to bolster his defence.
US District Court judge Reggie Walton delivered the ruling despite claims by prosecutors that the release of such documents could imperil US national security.
In a partial victory for Libby, the judge ordered summaries of the documents, rather than the raw intelligence, in a case arising from tense political debate in the run-up to the Iraq war.
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