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WP-Dan Froomkin-(Plame Watch)Judy Miller May Have Been a Source
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Carol D. Leonnig writes in The Washington Post: "A special prosecutor demanded yesterday that Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper answer questions about his confidential sources and again urged a federal judge to jail him and New York Times reporter Judith Miller if they continue to refuse to comply. . . .

"In unusually blunt language, Fitzgerald told Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan that Cooper and Miller pretend that journalists have a broader right to protect confidential sources than lawyers, presidents and law enforcement officers."

Leonnig also offers this tantalizing paragraph: "Fitzgerald may learn more details from Cooper's notes. Sources close to the investigation say there is evidence in some instances that some reporters may have told government officials -- not the other way around -- that Wilson was married to Plame, a CIA employee."

Adam Liptak writes in the New York Times: "Mr. Fitzgerald, who had been restrained in his public filings, was harshly critical of the position taken by Ms. Miller and of statements supporting her by The Times. His response to Mr. Cooper was barely 4 pages; to Ms. Miller, 21 pages.

"In October, Judge Hogan held the reporters in civil contempt, sentencing them to up to 18 months in jail. He suspended the sentences while the reporters appealed, and he said last week that the maximum time they faced was 120 days, as the term of the grand jury will expire in October.

"Civil contempt is meant to be coercive rather than punitive. In yesterday's filing, though, Mr. Fitzgerald suggested that criminal prosecution was also a possibility."

This would explain why Rove seems so confident that he won't be convicted under the Intelligence Identies Protection Act (IIPA). He compartmentalized the leak so that Plame's full role as an undercover CIA operative was sourced through Judy Miller to the other reporters. Miller is not a gov't employee, so she can't be prosecuted under IIPA. Rove provided other information, but not that Plame was undercover. Very clever. But, he and the other government source have set themselves up for obstruction of justice, perjury, and possible conspiracy charges.

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  -WP-Dan Froomkin-(Plame Watch)Judy Miller May Have Been a Source leveymg  Jul-06-05 01:50 PM   #0 
  - so they told rove... rove didn't know she was covert and told novak?  tk2kewl   Jul-06-05 01:53 PM   #1 
  - Rove had official clearance to know all this, at that time??????  JohnnyBoots   Jul-06-05 02:42 PM   #12 
  - So. Rove outsourced treason.  aquart   Jul-06-05 01:54 PM   #2 
  - They'll do it much more cheaply overseas...  wallwriter   Jul-07-05 06:44 AM   #19 
  - "Miller is not a gov't employee"  ThoughtCriminal   Jul-06-05 01:55 PM   #3 
  - Hmmm ... and didn't she do more than just report from Iraq?  LSparkle   Jul-06-05 02:00 PM   #5 
  - Yes. She took command of a military unit after the invasion  htuttle   Jul-06-05 02:08 PM   #7 
     - Makes you wonder if she was taking $ from Chalabi  ThoughtCriminal   Jul-06-05 02:34 PM   #10 
     - And Then There's This... CIA And The Press: The Mighty Wurlitzer  WillyT   Jul-06-05 11:57 PM   #17 
  - technically  whalerider55   Jul-06-05 02:37 PM   #11 
  - Yup, I suspect that Miller has a nice, cushy, sprawling villa in the  Peace Patriot   Jul-06-05 01:59 PM   #4 
  - Oh bullshit! How the hell would a journalist know the name of a  neverforget   Jul-06-05 02:08 PM   #6 
  - Yes, the other gov't source, that's the question.  leveymg   Jul-06-05 02:15 PM   #8 
  - Heck, I bet Cheney is in the Bahamas nt  kestrel91316   Jul-06-05 10:47 PM   #14 
  - miller spent...  whalerider55   Jul-06-05 02:33 PM   #9 
  - Maybe Judith is a NOC, too. Huh?  Zen Democrat   Jul-06-05 11:34 PM   #16 
  - IIPA allows prosecution of persons other than gov't employees. eom  struggle4progress   Jul-06-05 10:17 PM   #13 
  - Wrong. The Act (link inside) applies to ANYONE that reveals the....  Media_Lies_Daily   Jul-06-05 11:01 PM   #15 
     - Give me some case law on prosecution of persons who glimpse  leveymg   Jul-07-05 06:36 AM   #18 

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