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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Judith Miller

Posted by on July 28 at 13:09 PM

I still don’t know what to make of all the speculation about jailed New York Times reporter Judith Miller. Are her motives for not testifying for the CIA leak investigation less altruistic then she claims? Might she really be protecting herself, rather than a source, by choosing jail over talking to the special prosecutor?

Huffington lays out the dark theory of Miller here, saying:

Not everyone in the Times building is on the same page when it comes to Judy Miller. The official story the paper is sticking to is that Miller is a heroic martyr, sacrificing her freedom in the name of journalistic integrity.

But a very different scenario is being floated in the halls.

And close readers of this New York Times story from today will notice that reporters for the paper are now asking their superiors for comment about what Miller knew and how she knew it.

In e-mail messages this week, Bill Keller, the executive editor of The New York Times, and George Freeman, an assistant general counsel of the newspaper, declined to address written questions about whether Ms. Miller was assigned to report about Mr. Wilson’s trip, whether she tried to write a story about it, or whether she ever told editors or colleagues at the newspaper that she had obtained information about the role played by Ms. Wilson.