Friday, September 30, 2005

Times reporter Miller testifies

NYT reporter Judith Miller has been released from jail and is appearing before a federal grand jury today. The odd thing is that she had apparently already recieved a waiver to testify more than a year ago from her source, now known to be I. Lewis Libby:

WASHINGTON -- New York Times reporter Judith Miller appeared for testimony before a federal grand jury Friday, throwing a spotlight once again on the White House role in the leak of a covert CIA officer's identity.

Freed after 85 days in a federal detention center, Miller arrived at about 8:30 a.m. at the federal courthouse to testify for Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation about her conversations in July 2003 with Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

Miller said in a statement that her source -identified by the Times as Libby - had released her from her promise of confidentially. But Libby's lawyer said Friday he and his client had released Miller long ago to testify, and was surprised when Miller's lawyers again asked for a release in the last few weeks.

"We had signed a waiver more than a year ago," Attorney Joseph Tate said. "We didn't think this had anything to do with Scooter. I was under the impression from talking to (Miller attorney Floyd) Abrams that she was protecting a number of other sources."

Tate said Miller's lawyers called recently and said there was "a misunderstanding and Judy wanted to hear it straight from the horse's mouth" that Libby was releasing her to talk to the grand jury about their conversation. Tate said his client did not know or hear about Plame's identity until it appeared in a newspaper column by Robert Novak

Judith Miller Out of Proson, Testifies in CIA Leak Probe