The claim comes from Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the former chief-of-staff to Vice-President Dick Cheney. Mr Libby is facing trial for allegedly obstructing an investigation into a different leak. He is accused of lying to prosecutors investigating who revealed the name of CIA agent Valerie Plame to the press.
Ms Plame’s husband, former diplomat Joseph Wilson, wrote a high-profile article in the New York Times in July 2003 casting doubt on a key White House claim about Saddam Hussein’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.
Mr Libby reportedly says in court papers filed on Wednesday that soon afterwards, Mr Cheney told him to pass information from the classified National Intelligence Estimate to Judith Miller, a New York Times reporter.
Mr Bush approved Mr Cheney’s instruction, the vice-president told Mr Libby, according to the court papers…