Unfortunately, it’s not Judy Garland, returned from the beyond for an extended engagement at the Palace. Fortunately, perhaps, it’s New York Times reporter, Judy Miller, finally released from her confidentiality agreement with her source, whom we now know is “Scooter” Libby, Cheney’s chief of staff.
Judith Miller, the reporter for The New York Times who has been jailed since July 6 for refusing to testify in the C.I.A. leak case, was released Thursday from a Virginia detention center after she and her lawyers reached an agreement with a federal prosecutor in which she would testify before a grand jury investigating the case, the publisher and the executive editor of the paper said.
Ms. Miller was freed after spending more than 12 weeks in jail, during which she refused to cooperate with the inquiry. Her decision to testify was made after she had obtained what she described as a waiver offered “voluntarily and personally” by a source who said she was no longer bound by any pledge of confidentiality she had made to him. Ms. Miller said the source had made clear that he genuinely wanted her to testify.
That source was I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, according to people who have been officially briefed on the case. Ms. Miller met with Mr. Libby on July 8, 2003, and talked with him by telephone later that week, they said.
So, why wait 12 weeks to spring Miller from the clink? Did it take them that long to get their story straight? Or does the administration just need some good news right about now?
My bet is on the latter. With more Abu Ghraib pictures about to go public any minute now, and DeLay all over the headlines, the administration is still shaking off the Katrina fiasco, and could use some good news. The Roberts confirmation was a bit of an anticlimax and not enough to get DeLay off the front pages.
This, unfortunately, means that — while the investigation can finally be wrapped up — we probably won’t hit the trifecta with a Rove indictment in the Plame affair. I doubt very seriously that the Bush administration would allow this to happen if there was even a remote possibility that Rove could go down in this. If that were the case, Judy would still be
But does it mean that Scooter has gotten his affairs in order and is now ready to “take one for the team”? If so, feh. Libby’s not much of a trophy head for anyone’s wall. Talk about an anticlimax.
If Rove slips the noose this time, there will be much tearing of hair and gnashing of teeth on the liberal blogosphere. And, yes, I’ll be right there among them.