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Reporter in leak case to take leave of absence effective immediately


Reporter in leak case to take leave of absence effective immediately
John Byrne and Jason Leopold

RAW STORY has confirmed that New York Times reporter Judith Miller, who spent 85 days in jail protecting her source in the recent CIA leak investigation, will take an indefinite leave of absence effective immediately.

"Judy is going to take some time off until we decide what she is doing next," said Catherine Matthis, the Times' spokesperson.

RAW STORY spoke with Miller by telephone at the New York Times newsroom in Washington Friday evening. She said that she had not previously been questioned about her plans going forward, and deferred extended comment to her publicist.

The Times' Sunday story asserts that Miller has not signed a book deal as previously reported.

"She said she thought she would write a book about her experiences in the leak case, although she added that she did not yet have a book deal," the article says. "She also plans on taking some time off but says she hopes to return to the newsroom."

Two reporters inside the newsroom say they have heard Miller will resign from the paper.

Miller was not cooperative with the Times internal probe, reporters told RAW STORY Thursday. This was confirmed in the New York Times' internal probe.

"In two interviews, Ms. Miller generally would not discuss her interactions with editors, elaborate on the written account of her grand jury testimony or allow reporters to review her notes," the Times reporters wrote.

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Or... If she's NOT a necon, then she is surely aiding and abetting the neocon-spiracy.
Shame on the NYTimes for keeping her on so long...
Shame on the neocons for turning our fine country into a pariah nation and the laughingstock of the civilized world.

"In two interviews, Ms. Miller generally would not discuss her interactions with editors, elaborate on the written account of her grand jury testimony or allow reporters to review her notes," the Times reporters wrote.

I think that speaks for itself and is a virtual admission of her conspiratorial complicity, at least morally if not legally.

I suspect that her "leave of absence" will be longer than her jail time -- not that it will do much to help the NYT at this late date.

In a recent article John Pilger writes :
When journalists report propaganda instead of the truth, the consequences can be catastrophic - as one largely forgotten instance demonstrates.

''The propagandist's purpose," wrote Aldous Huxley, "is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human." The British, who invented modern war propaganda and inspired Joseph Goebbels, were specialists in the field. At the height of the slaughter known as the First World War, the prime minister, David Lloyd George, confided to C P Scott, editor of the Manchester Guardian: "If people really knew [the truth], the war would be stopped tomorrow. But of course they don't know, and can't know."

What has changed?

He ends with the following words :

"Since the invasion of Iraq, I have spoken to a number of principled journalists working in the pro-war media, including the BBC, who say that they and many others "lie awake at night" and want to speak out and resume being real journalists. I suggest now is the time."

Judith Miller says she got it wrong on Iraq, pointing out that many other journalists did the same. She would do well to reflect on John Pilger's article, it helps explain how she 'got it wrong'. It's really that simple - propaganda is not and never will be 'news'.

What kind of reporter has a publicist?

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