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Statements by Sulzberger, Keller, Miller on Her Release

Statements by Sulzberger, Keller, Miller on Her Release
Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.

By E&P Staff

Published: September 29, 2005 9:30 PM ET

NEW YORK The New York Times' publisher, editor, and formerly jailed reporter all issued statements Thursday night after her release, with Judith Miller's grand jury testimony now set for Friday, they confirmed separately.

According to the Times, I. Lewis Libby "had made clear that he genuinely wanted her to testify," and gave her a waiver on their confidential conversations. But the Times account tonight revealed that Libby and his lawyers said he had given his waiver a year ago--and then again two weeks ago--but Miller did not accept it. She was released today after she and her lawyers met at the jail with Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the prosecutor in the case, to discuss her testimony, the Times revealed.

Here is the complete text of the three statements tonight.

--Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., publisher:

As we have throughout this ordeal, we continue to support Judy Miller in the decision she has made. Judy has been unwavering in her commitment to protect the confidentiality of her source. We are very pleased that she has finally received a direct and uncoerced waiver, both by phone and in
writing, releasing her from any claim of confidentiality and enabling her to testify. We continue to believe that a strong Federal Shield Law must be passed by Congress, so that similar injustices, which the laws of both New York and Washington, D.C. already prevent, are not suffered by other journalists.

--Judith Miller:

It's good to be free.

I went to jail to preserve the time-honored principle that a journalist must respect a promise not to reveal the identity of a confidential source. I chose to take the consequences -- 85 days in prison -- rather than violate that promise. The principle was more important to uphold than my personal freedom.

I am leaving jail today because my source has now voluntarily and personally released me from my promise of confidentiality regarding our conversations relating to the Wilson-Plame matter. My attorneys have also reached agreement with the Office of Special Counsel regarding the nature and scope of my testimony, which satisfies my obligation as a reporter to keep faith with my sources.

This enables me to appear before the Grand Jury tomorrow. I'll say nothing more until after my testimony. I do, however, want to thank The New York Times, and my husband, family and friends, for their unwavering support. I am also grateful to the many fellow journalists and citizens from the United States and around the world, who stood with me in fighting for the cause of the free flow of information. It was a source of strength through a difficult three months to know they understood what I did was to affirm one of my profession's highest principles.

--Bill Keller, executive editor:

It's an enormous relief that Judy's ordeal is over. Her steadfastness in defense of principle has won her admiration from around the world, wherever people value a free, aggressive press.

Judy refused to testify in this case because she gave her professional word that she would keep her interview with her source confidential. At the outset, she had only a generic waiver of this obligation, and she believed she had ample reason to doubt it had been freely given. In recent days, several important things have changed that convinced Judy that she was released from her obligation.

Her friends and colleagues are delighted she's free, and -- if there is satisfaction in what she has endured -- I am satisfied that she has held fast to a principle that matters deeply.



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judy miller helped bush proceed in his lies to us Public
She has no honor None. She has blood on her hands. Period.
its all career stuff.


As an independent Dutch foreign correspondent with more than four decades of global experience - including working for the BBC and CBS when they still knew what journalism was, and ten years too in North Africa and the Middle East (1986>1996) - I am based on experience convinced that Judas's like Miller should be in jail.

Judith Miller and her kind of media creatures should be in jail for the rest of her life: she deserves hard labor in Guantanamo or similar concentration camps in the American Gulag with it's torture - for all the warmongering she and her ilk are guilty of.

Miller is one of the worst disciples of Nazi Propaganda-Meister Joseph Goebbels: she and her kind of neocon Quislings - like Novak and the rest in the media - are an inhuman aberration in the information branche.

After all her lies in the rotten rag called the New York Times, which is a livid shame on journalism, Miller is guilty of advocating american and allied forces war crimes which have cost the lives of more than one-hundred-thousand human beings in Iraq, and at least two-thousand Americans in Iraq alone, in an illegal war - Url.:

The whole circus around her being in jail is one of the most abominable pieces of false propaganda ever: she must be jailed again as soon as is possible and tried in the coming equivalent of the Nuremberg trials. The New York Times and all their other neocon propaganda sewers are comparable to the Nazi propaganda sheet "Der Stürmer" of which the editor 'Julius Streicher' was hanged. Miller belongs to the fungus supporting war criminals like Kissinger and his criminal followers, the Pol Pot's of our time - Url.:

Henry Ford was damn right when he 85 years ago studied the problem - [] - Miller and her ilk are war criminals which have to be stopped and jailed at any price.

They are a living crime against humanity and belong in the dungeons.

Secretary General Kofi Annan of the United Nations in an interview with the BBC: "The war in Iraq is illegal" - Text+video - Url.:

Henk Ruyssenaars

Foreign correspondent

Foreign Press Foundation

... there are bigger fish to fry. Despicable as Miller is, I'd be willing to see the prosecutor cut a deal with her if doing so will lead us to the top of the chain of command and to some of the other members of the AIPAC-PNAC cabal.

then finally, maybe at long last the PNAC will make it to the mainstream headlines!

Skooter Libby a year ago, shouldn't be be charged with obstruction of justice now?

Where's my comment on Miller?

Or is your censorship another show of American Press Freedom not existing anymore?

Henk Ruyssenaars

Foreign Press Foundation

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