New York Times reporter Judith Miller walked out of a federal prison in Alexandria Virginia this afternoon a free woman.
WASHINGTON Sep 29, 2005 — After nearly three months behind bars, New York Times reporter Judith Miller was released from a federal prison Thursday after agreeing to testify in the investigation into the disclosure of the identity of a covert CIA officer, two people familiar with the case said.
Miller left the federal detention center in Alexandria, Va., after reaching an agreement with Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald. Legal sources said she would appear before a grand jury investigating the case Friday morning. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because of the secrecy of the grand jury proceedings.
The sources said Miller agreed to testify after securing an unconditional release from Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, to testify about any discussions they had involving CIA officer Valerie Plame.
Miller has been held at the federal detention facility since July 6. A federal judge ordered her jailed when she refused to testify before the grand jury investigating the alleged leak of CIA officer Plame’s name by White House officials.
…The federal grand jury delving into the matter expires Oct. 28. Miller would have been freed at that time, but prosecutors could have pursued a criminal contempt of court charge against the reporter if she continued to defy Fitzgerald.All indications are that Fitzgerald already knows everything she’s going to testify to. Fitzgerald indicated months ago that his case was complete, save for the testimony of Time Magazine’s Matthew Cooper and Miller.
Miller went to prison is because she maintained that the unconditional release signed by Scooter Libby (the old one not the new one) was signed under duress. I’m not sure how this new release is any different than the old one…
More on the Miller/Libby connection at JustOneMinute.