The Associated Press
Wednesday, July 6, 2005; 3:26 PM
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge on Wednesday jailed New York Times reporter Judith Miller for refusing to divulge her source to a grand jury investigating the Bush administration's leak of an undercover CIA operative's name.
"There is still a realistic possibility that confinement might cause her to testify," U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan said.
Miller stood up, hugged her lawyer and was escorted from the courtroom.
Earlier, Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper, in an about-face, told Hogan that he would now cooperate with a federal prosecutor's investigation into the leak of the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame because his source gave him specific authority to discuss their conversation. "I am prepared to testify. I will comply" with the court's order, Cooper said.
Cooper took the podium in the court and told the judge, "Last night I hugged my son goodbye and told him it might be a long time before I see him again."
"I went to bed ready to accept the sanctions" for not testifying, Cooper said. But he told the judge that not long before his early afternoon appearance, he had received "in somewhat dramatic fashion" a direct personal communication from his source freeing him from his commitment to keep the source's identity secret.
Floyd Abrams, a prominent First Amendment lawyer, told reporters after Miller's jailing, "Judy is an honorable woman, adhering to the highest tradition of her profession and the highest tradition of humanity." He called Miller's decision a choice "to take the personal burden of being in jail" rather than breaking her promise of confidentiality to her source.
Judith Miller, warhawk reporter
July 23, 2003
Memo To: Bill Keller, NYTimes executive editor
From: Jude Wanniski
Re: The neo-con distaff links at AEI
Now that you have settled into your new job as executive editor of the most important newspaper in the world, I think you should seriously consider reassigning Judith Miller to Afghanistan from her present Baghdad beat. To any serious reader of her coverage in Iraq it has been plain for many, many moons that she is joined at the hip to the neo-cons at the American Enterprise Institute who cooked up the war, particularly Richard Perle and Laurie Mylroie. I note today, for example, she writes out of the Times Washington Bureau about the brutalities of Saddam’s sons, Uday and Qusay, repeating a long string of anecdotes that may very well be true, but may also be part of the disinformation campaign aimed at demonizing Saddam orchestrated by Perle going back 20 years. My own sources in the intelligence agencies tell me few of these anecdotes are known to be accurate, but are part of the raw data supplied on a hearsay basis by Iraqi expatriates who have been enemies of the regime. If you read today’s special report by Paul Sperry of WorldNetDaily.com, you will get a quick course on the distaff linkages of the neo-con warhawks. He also notes that the intelligence agencies no longer consider Judith Miller's sources reliable for their own purposes. I’m just trying to be helpful, Bill, hoping you will avoid some of the errors that led to your predecessor’s untimely departure.
New York Times:
The judge, Thomas F. Hogan of Federal District Court in Washington, rejected a request by Ms. Miller and her lawyers that she be allowed to serve her detention at home or in Connecticut or elsewhere, and ordered that she be put in custody and taken to a jail in the District of Columbia area until October, or until she changed her mind about testifying.