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The Libby Trial

In the most dramatic testimony yet in the Libby trial, MSNBC's David Shuster reports that Cathie Martin -- Vice President Cheney's former press aide -- yesterday told Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald she informed Cheney and Libby that Valerie Plame Wilson worked for the CIA. This revelation about Plame Wilson's identity apparently came before Libby said he learned it from reporters.

NBC's Joel Seidman says the Libby trial is now recessed until Monday, when Martin will continue to be on the stand. The next witness scheduled to appear for the prosecution will be former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer.

USA Today adds that Martin "was the fourth witness to say Libby knew Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, was a CIA employee before a conversation between Libby and NBC reporter Tim Russert. Libby told investigators he first learned Plame's identity from Russert."

The New York Times: "Unlike the previous three witnesses, who worked at the C.I.A. and State Department, Ms. Martin's testimony may prove especially damaging to Mr. Libby because of her perspective as a former insider in the vice president's office and as a former colleague of Mr. Libby."