Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Judith Miller - Protecting Republicans

And if you believe that...

Judith Miller finally got to walk after she talked to a grand jury about a potential leak in the Valerie Plame case. She felt free to speak after Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff, agreed to waive his privilege with her for a second time. So she testified about nothing the grand jury didn't already know and was a free woman. But if anyone believes that the New York Times reporter was protecting confidentiality with a high level member of the Bush Administration, they need to check themselves into the Betty Ford Clinic immediately.

John Hinderaker offers this opinion from the Weekly Standard. In a nutshell, Scooter Libby's waiver was somehow insufficient to allow Judith Miller to remain free, and was a sufficient pretext to cover a more serious issue, namely the fact that in December 2001, Miller may have had an FBI source that clued her in to an impending FBI raid on an organization that ran a charity as a front for funding Islamist terror, which Miller kindly passed on to the organization, giving them time to clean up their act. Her tipping off was a crime the prosecution for which may have been bargained away by giving the name of the FBI source through her attorney.

But there is no way that Miller did three months in jail to protect a member of the Bush administration whose waiver she somehow found insufficient.

Yes, I smell the fish too.


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