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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Judith Miller Criminal; NYTimes enablers...

New development in Judith Gate:


Last Friday, after spending 85 days in jail, Miller testified before the grand jury about two conversations she had with Libby in July 2003 and turned over redacted notes. She testified about a meeting with Libby on July 8, 2003 at the St. Regis Hotel and a later conversation by telephone on July 12, 2003, sources said.

But after she testified, Miller discovered that she had additional notes from the June 2003 conversation with Libby. That was well before Wilson on July 6, 2003 published an opinion piece in The New York Times accusing the White House of twisting intelligence on Iraq, but after reports of his mission had begun to surface.

A column by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times on May 6, 2003 may have been the trigger for the interest by Cheney's office, the sources said.

This explanation of Miller's is simply not credible. Just discovered the notes? Are you kidding me? I believe David Corn is right that the Miller matter has discredited the New York Times in a way that the Blair fiasco never could.

As an aside, it has long been my belief that it was the Kristof column that triggered the Rove attack on Wilson:

For those who can add 2 plus 2, the conclusion is obvious -- the classified information improperly, (and probably illegally) leaked by Rove and Libby, came from the June 2003 State Dep't memo. All Rovegate roads lead there. Not a new story, we have said this for quite a while. But Pincus' story reminds of this central fact. But it does lead me to one piece of speculation - Judith Miller may have been given the memo for her review by Lewis Libby. And that is why her testimony is critical to the investigation.

It is in that context that the newly found notes of a June 2003 meeting between Miller and Libby become potentially critical. What appears to be Miller's initial attempt to cover up the existence of the June meeting demolishes any presumption, at least for me, that Miller's motivation was in fact the protection of her source. It simply is not credible. At this point, the credibility of the New York Times itself is at stake.

It is NOT unfair now to speculate that a New York Times reporter conspired with members of the Bush Administration in a scheme to discredit a critic of the Bush regime. It is NOT unfair now to speculate that the management of the New York Times is engaged in obfuscation and stonewalling in order to cover up its complicity in Ms. Miller's actions.

full post @ daily kos

Judith Miller whored the war in Iraq for all it was worth - the NYT should be embarassed for retaining her to begin with. That paper has hardly been the bastion of liberal media that the wingers claim it is.

Nothing would surprise me in terms of Bush admin dirty schemes and payoffs. They're capable of anything. The minute Joe Wilson told them there was no proof of yellowcake being purchased - they were gonna get him.
According to the new evidence that Judy Miller "found"... they were out to get him BEFORE he told them there was no proof of yellowcake being purchased.
Thanks, jon - apparently my mental time line is a little blurred.
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