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Judith Miller Is Free

Why?

Her source said she could talk.

From the NY Times:

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 – Judith Miller, the New York Times reporter who has been jailed since July 6 for refusing to testify in the C.I.A. leak case, was released from a Virginia detention center this afternoon after she and her lawyers reached an agreement with a federal prosecutor to testify before a grand jury investigating the matter, the paper’s publisher and executive editor said.

Ms. Miller was freed after spending more than 12 weeks in jail, during which she refused to cooperate with the criminal inquiry. Her decision to testify came after she obtained what she described as a waiver offered “voluntarily and personally” by a source who said she was no longer bound by any pledge of confidentiality she had made to him. She said the source had made clear that he genuinely wanted her to testify.

So who was the source?

No, not Karl Rove…

That source was I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, according to people who have been officially briefed on the case. Ms. Miller met with Mr. Libby on July 8, 2003, and talked with him by telephone later that week. Discussions between government officials and journalists that week have been a central focus of the investigation.

As much as she stood up for her right to not speak, I bet she has to be a little bit peeved that Libby only recently decided to give her permission to speak.

Remember, she was in jail for 3 months!

And lest we forget what this was all about…

Valerie Wilson, also known as Valerie Plame, is the wife of Joseph C. Wilson IV, a former ambassador who traveled to Niger in 2002 on behalf of the Central Intelligence Agency to investigate claims related to Iraq’s nuclear weapons program. When Mr. Wilson emerged as a critic of the Bush administration in July 2003, administration officials questioned his credibility. The column by Mr. Novak said Mr. Wilson’s wife, who worked for the C.I.A., had suggested the trip.

New details about the case have emerged in recent months. Karl Rove, the president’s senior political strategist, and Mr. Libby, the chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, both discussed Ms. Wilson with reporters, according to testimony provided by Matthew Cooper, a Time magazine reporter, and by others. But neither of the White House officials is known to have mentioned Ms. Wilson by name or to have mentioned her covert status at the C.I.A.

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  • http://lawhawk.blogspot.com lawhawk

    As much as she stood up for her right to not speak, I bet she has to be a little bit peeved that Libby only recently decided to give her permission to speak.

    That’s not true. Miller said that she got the waiver from her source but considered it to be invalid because she thought it wasn’t given freely. And you mean to tell me that the waiver of confidentiality couldn’t be negotiated in less than three months? I’ve seen multibillion dollar deals negotiated in sooner time than that.

    So what’s changed in three months? Nothing. Something else is going on, the importance of which is still unclear.

  • Lonely Federalist

    I thought she could be held in contempt only while the Grand Jury was in session. Wasn’t it always supposed to be shutting down about now (Sept/Oct timeframe)? Ergo, she’d be released about now regardless of whether she revealed source or not?

  • http://freshmlmlead.blogspot.com Sov

    Good job.