Judy Miller walks free
Tired of playing martyr -- mostly to little effect -- the Times reporter has agreed to give up her source, who most unsurprisingly turns out to be Lewis 'Scooter' Libby.
Miller declared in her statement, "My source has now voluntarily and personally released me from my promise of confidentiality regarding our conversations." And the Times top brass did the usual, i.e. roll out the unduly portentous prose:
"As we have throughout this ordeal, we continue to support Judy Miller in the decision she has made,'' said Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. "We are very pleased that she has finally received a direct and uncoerced waiver, both by phone and in writing, releasing her from any claim of confidentiality and enabling her to testify.'' [LINK]Sound familiar? Maybe like something you might have read back in July:
"That source gave me a personal, unambiguous, uncoerced waiver to speak to the grand jury," Cooper told reporters. ..
Time Inc. released a statement saying that "by personally and directly releasing Matt from his obligation to confidentiality, his source has made the decision for Matt to testify a simple one, as other journalists have already testified in this case after being released by their sources." [LINK]Yup, she basically pulled a Matt Cooper. Both Karl Rove and Libby issued a blanket waiver clearing journalists to cooperate with Patrick Fitzgerald early in the investigation. Yet Cooper pretended that he was saved from imminent imprisonment by a last-minute phone call from Rove's lawyer. Now why would Libby wait for Miller to spend three months in jail to confirm a blanket waiver that had been given in 2004? A waiver that he had reaffirmed to pretty much every other reporter on Miller's block:
Pincus testified after being assured that he would not have to name his source, even though Fitzgerald knew who it was. Washington Post reporter Glenn Kessler and NBC's Tim Russert also testified after getting assurances from Libby.
After reading about their testimony, Cooper approached Libby about a waiver for himself. [LINK]Hmm, guess I'll leave it to Arianna Huffington to draw the obvious and unkind conclusion.