Thursday, September 29, 2005

Judith Miller Walks

New York Times reporter Judith Miller was released from prison late today. She will testify tomorrow in front of a grand jury that is investigating whether any government officials illegally leaked the name of the CIA's Valerie Plame to the media.

Miller has been in jail since July 6 after refusing to testify before the grand jury, saying that she had sworn an oath of source anonymity. However, after a phone conversation with I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, chief of staff for Vice President Cheney, Miller decided she would testify.

The perplexing aspect of all of this is that Miller never actually wrote a story about Plamegate, yet still maintained that she had to keep her sources secret. This was despite the fact that the name of her primary source, Scooter, was long ago revealed to the public, and that Scooter has publicly released her from her pledge of anonymity.

In other words, Miller went to jail for the principle of source anonymity, yet gave in and decided to talk only weeks before she would have been released when the grand jury ends in October. Very strange.

In any regard, let us not forget the juiciest part of this story, as Power Line reminds us:

The real story here is about [Valerie Plame's] husband Joe Wilson, who, at his wife's instigation, was sent on a diplomatic mission to Niger for which he was ill-suited, and who then lied about his own findings there in a New York Times op-ed, for the purpose of damaging President Bush politically. Joe Wilson is one of the great scoundrels of recent times, but you wouldn't know it unless you are a regular reader of this or a handful of other sites. If you search our site for "Joe Wilson" or "Joseph Wilson," you will find a link to the Congressional report that concluded that Wilson is a liar.

The substantive aspects of this story, however, have been completely lost in the media love-fest with Valerie Plame.

Well said.