Put Her Back In!

Judy Miller is free, and the media is focusing on the idea that she was waiting on a credible waiver from Scooter Libby to testify about her conversations with him. What seems more relevant, however, are statements which indicate that she was also waiting on a promise that she wouldn't be asked about her conversations with anybody but Libby . . .
Bill Keller, the executive editor of The New York Times, said that Mr. Fitzgerald had assured Ms. Miller's lawyer that "he intended to limit his grand jury interrogation so that it would not implicate other sources of hers."
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Miller said she had insisted on two things: a voluntary waiver from her source, and the promise of only having to give what she called "narrow testimony."
Narrow testimony? Other sources? What the heck is that about? Could it have anything to do with her being visited in jail by John Bolton, among others?

Miller is still protecting somebody. What's going on right now is consistent with the idea, floated around the time she was locked up, that Miller actually received the information about Plame from someone else, and passed it on in the course of obtaining confirmation -- Rove now claims he learned of it from a journalist who heard it somewhere else.

Has the whole Libby thread been a red herring? Why did Miller sit in jail for all those weeks? What the heck is going on?

One thing we do know is that Miller has been a staunch, if discreet, ally of the administration's Iraq campaign. The idea that she may have been a cooperator or pawn in the Plame outing doesn't seem so unlikely. If Fitzgerald wants to get to the bottom of this mess, he needs to find out who she's really protecting.

For more on Miller's history of support for the administration's Iraq narrative, see Emptywheel's series at the Next Hurrah:

What Judy Miller Did as an Embed in Iraq, Part One
What Judy Miller Did as an Embed, Part Two
What Judy Miller Did as an Embed, Part Three
What Judy Miller Did as an Embed, Part Four
What Judy Miller Did as an Embed, Part Five
What Ahmed Chalabi Did While Judy Was Embedded
What Judy Miller Did as an Embed, Conclusion

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