Thursday, September 29, 2005

Judy Miller Walks...

from the Philly Inquirer via Judy Miller Walks... Developing... | The Huffington Post:

Judith Miller, The New York Times reporter who has been jailed since July 6 for refusing to identify a source, has been released, The Philadelphia Inquirer has learned.

Miller left an Alexandria, Va. jail at 3:55 p.m., a jail official said.

She was released after she had a telephone conversation with the Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby, sources said. In that conversation, Libby reaffirmed that he had released Miller from a promise of confidentiality more than a year ago, sources said.

I dunno what to read into the fact that the Queen of Iraq is out. If the "sources" are correct, then I think this is good news. WHich would mean that tomorrow (Friday, natch) will be a good day for the Preznit to announce his SCOTUS nominee.

Other than probably mooting my next long piece on the Plame outing, I don't really know how this plays out. Naming Libby doesn't get much converage in this scandal-rich environment. If Fitzgerald wants to make a mark, we are going to need a few high-profile indictments.

What do y'all think it means?


Blogger Dr. Bloor said...

My first thought was that Fitzgerald made it plain to Miller that a charge of criminal contempt was in the offing, and that he could make it stick...principles until the seated grand jury completes is work are one thing, principles without a termination date are quite another.

My second thought was that they decided somebody/something just wasn't worth protecting anymore. Say, didn't John Bolton stop by to visit Miller last week?...

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