미 중앙정보국-CIA 전 요원의 신분노출 사건과 관련해, 딕 체니 부통령의 보좌관이 위증혐의를 받고있는 가운데, 체니 부통령이 증인으로 법정에 소환될 가능성이 제기됐습니다.

이 사건을 담당하고있는 패트릭 핏츠제랄드 특별검사는, 체니 부통령이 오래전 신문기사에 쓴 친필메모가, 체니 부통령의 보좌관인 루이스 스쿠터 리비 씨의 위증사실을 뒷받침하는 증거가 될 수 있다고 말했습니다.

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Vice President Cheney could be called to testify in a federal trial where his former top aide is accused of perjury in connection with the public disclosure of a CIA officer's identity.

(In court documents filed Wednesday,) The special prosecutor in the case (Patrick Fitzgerald) says Cheney's handwritten notes on an old newspaper article can corroborate the charge that Lewis "Scooter" Libby lied about his role in the subsequent disclosure of the undercover CIA officer's name.

The newspaper column was written (for The New York Times) in 2003 by Joseph Wilson, a former U.S. ambassador to Niger, who accused the Bush administration of twisting intelligence to justify going to war against Iraq. The Central Intelligence Agency had sent Wilson on a fact-finding mission to Niger a year earlier, to determine whether Saddam Hussein's regime tried to buy uranium in the African country.

The vice president's handwritten notes on the copy of Wilson's article ask whether the trip to Niger was a junket organized by Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, who was at the time an undercover CIA officer.