Friday, September 30, 2005

Judith Miller out and talking.

New York Times Reporter Miller to Testify in CIA Leak Probe

Sept. 30 (Bloomberg) -- New York Times reporter Judith Miller was freed from jail after 85 days yesterday and agreed to testify in a CIA leak investigation after her confidential source, Vice President Dick Cheney's top aide, released her from a secrecy agreement, her newspaper said.

Miller, 57, said in a written statement that she will testify today before a grand jury ``because my source has now voluntarily and personally released me from my promise of confidentiality regarding our conversations.''


Miller said that she ``went to jail to preserve the time- honored principle that a journalist must respect a promise not to reveal the identity of a confidential source.''

``It's good to be free,'' she said in her statement.

Miller's lawyers reached agreement with Fitzgerald ``regarding the nature and scope of my testimony, which satisfies my obligation as a reporter to keep faith with my sources,'' she said.

New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller said that initially Miller ``had only a generic waiver'' of her vow not to reveal her source, ``and she believed she had ample reason to doubt it had been freely given. In recent days, several important things have changed that convinced Judy that she was released from her obligation.''

The newspaper said on its Web site that Miller's lawyers had ``intense negotiations'' with Libby's lawyer, Joseph Tate, that were ``sometimes strained.''


Miller and Libby talked by phone this month and Libby released her from the confidentiality promise regarding their 2003 conversation, the paper said. Libby asserted he gave his waiver more than a year ago, the Times said.

OK. Why now?

You can't be "respecting a promise not to reveal the identity of a confidential source.'' when that source has told you it's OK to reveal him as a source.

Why did she spend 85 days in jail and wait until now to agree to testify in front of the grand-jury?

She gonna have a book coming out soon?