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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Judith Miller Had More Than One Source (Duh!)

CNN is reporting that in Judy Miller's testimony today before Patrick Fitzgerald's Grand Jury she revealed she had more than one source.

How CNN would know I have no idea (must be some sort of lawyer or FBI leak) but it means one of two things:

1) Miller bold-faced lied in her press conference about the fact that the scope of her deal with Fitzgerald was limited to testimony about Libby alone:
Once I got a personal, voluntary waiver, my lawyer, Mr. Bennett, approached the special counsel to see if my grand jury testimony could be limited to the communications with the source from whom I had received that personal and voluntary waiver. The special counsel agreed to this and that was very important to me.
Since her attorneys Bob Bennett and Floyd Abrams both said in interviews that her testimony was limited to the entire Plame affair (meaning it excluded testimony about the Niger uranium matter, which Fitzgerald's original subpoena sought), this may well be true.

2) Fitzgerald busted Judy in a lie before the Grand Jury, and all deals are now off.

Neither possibility offers a particularly flattering portrait of the Gadfly Girl.

When Judy stood on the courthouse steps and preened about how she'd stuck it to Fitzgerald and only had to testify about Libby, there was a collective heart sink in the blogosphere that her "other sources" (John Bolton?) were going to skate.

Sphincters in DC must be all a-puckered today.

Update: The CNN sub-head said "Times reporter disclosed conversation with second source." I contacted Susan Petitt at CNN in Washington DC, who contacted the writer of the headline and now says it was an error they are going to correct. Sorry no "second source" was discussed.


Update 2: They've not changed it to read "Times reporter details previously undisclosed conversation." That's us. Keeping the MSM honest, one sub-headline at a time.