July 6, 2005
-- by Gary Boatwright
And Judy Miller goes to jail. From the Left Coaster:
Judith Miller was just taken into custody, and will immediately serve a 120-day sentence in a federal District of Columbia facility, not exactly a nice place to be. Miller told the judge that she is still refusing to reveal her source, even though her source has released her from confidentiality, because Miller told the judge today that she believes her source was coerced into this "release" of confidentiality. So who then is Miller's source?
As for Time's Matt Cooper, he told the judge today that he has recently been given a release from confidentiality by his source, and when confronted with a "testify or go to jail now" choice by the judge, Cooper has decided to testify, and is doing so. Cooper is speaking to the press right now, and says that he got a "personal, umambiguous waiver" from his government source this morning, a source he has kept confidential for two years.
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We'll know pretty soon who the culprit was. I saw John Dean on Aaron Brown last night accusing the source of being a terrible coward for letting Cooper and Miller go to jail for protecting his identity.
Lawrence O'Donnell was on one of the talking bonehead shows discussing the facts of the case. It sounds almost certain that Rove was not covered by the statute, because he's not an "authorized person" who has access to the information.
It doesn't seem likely that Rove would be stupid enough to commit perjury, but you can never rule out the effect of hubris on the human mind. We should know soon enough. Perhaps whether or not Rove committed perjury depends on what the meaning of the word "is" is.
Posted by: Gary Boatwright at July 6, 2005 3:37 PM
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