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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 11:49 PM
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Miller release no biggie to Murry Wass (reported Libby memo August 8)
http://whateveralready.blogspot.com /

Miller released from jail; to testify regarding Libby very soon... Fitz to make his decision soon on whether to bring charges


After having spent more than 12 weeks in jail, New York Times reporter Judith Miller was freed today. The news of her release aside, she will soon be debriefed by federal investigators, and then testify before a federal grand jury, perhaps as early as tomorrow morning. What is perhaps left out of news accounts tonight is that Miller's testimony is central to whether special Fitzgerald brings criminal charges against I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, the chief of staff to Vice President Cheney. Cheney was unwavering in telling prosecutors and the FBI that he knew nothing of Plame's covert work for the CIA, and Miller's testimony on that issue will be central to any final disposition of the criminal probe, sources close to the investigation have told me for some time now.

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Actually, for those very few readers who read this blog and my reporting on this subject, that is sort of old news... I first reported in the American Prospect last August 8 that Miller had met with Libby on July 8, 2003, that Libby was one of her sources, and the reason that she was in jail was because Libby had not provided her a personalized waiver to testify. Here is what I reported then:

I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, has told federal investigators that he met with New York Times reporter Judith Miller on July 8, 2003, and discussed CIA operative Valerie Plame, according to legal sources familiar with Libby's account.

The meeting between Libby and Miller has been a central focus of the investigation by special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald as to whether any Bush administration official broke the law by unmasking Plame's identity or relied on classified information to discredit former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, according to sources close to the case as well as documents filed in federal court by Fitzgerald.

The meeting took place in Washington, D.C., six days before columnist Robert Novak wrote his now-infamous column unmasking Plame as a "CIA operative." Although little noticed at the time, Novak's column would cause the appointment of a special prosecutor, ultimately place in potential legal jeopardy senior advisers to the president of the United States, and lead to the jailing of a New York Times reporter.

A short time after that story appeared (indeed a very short time-- about a week later), Miller's attorneys and Libby's attorney, Joseph A. Tate, began the long negotiations that would lead to Libby finally providing her a personal waiver that would lead to her release and testimony. There is quite a backstory there, and my then unnoticed Prospect story paved the way, in large part, for the negotiations. I am going to write a lot about this, on my blog, and long reporting pieces elsewhere.


A footnote: Although the Times is now confirming my story that Miller did meet Libby on July 8, and Libby was Miller's source, here is what the Times had to publicly say back when I first broke the news:

In response to questions for this article, Catherine J. Mathis, a spokesperson for the Times, said, "We don't have any comment regarding Ms. Miller's whereabouts on July 8, 2003." She also added, "Ms. Miller has not received a waiver that she believes to be freely given."
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Alizaryn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 11:53 PM
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1. Hopefully she has something valuble
to say to the Grand Jury in regards to their conversation.
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dooner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 12:08 AM
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2. Is nailing Scooter Libby by itself, enough?
To satisfy the Wilsons?
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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:13 AM
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3. Hey DU
Why don't we pay attention to experts like Waas?

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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 12:06 PM
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4. Here's the original DU post, from August 8
"New Confirmation that Libby was a Source for Miller" - http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph... - Posted in "GDP", it received ZERO responses.

"New Confirmation that Libby was a Source for Miller" - http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph... - cross-posted in "Editorials and Articles", received a handfull of replies.

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