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Times reporter entangled in leak case had unusual relationship with military, Iraqi group


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Jason Leopold

Embattled New York Times reporter Judith Miller acted as a “middleman

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Journalists hurting their own cause
by kos
Tue Oct 18, 2005 at 11:51:23 AM PDT

The journalism profession, already held in low regard by, well, everyone, isn't doing itself any favors by 1) having its flagship trade organization -- the Society of Professional Journalists -- give Miller its "First Amendment Award" and 2) making Miller part of its efforts to pass a federal shield law. Miller will be testifying before Congress on behalf of that federal shield law.

Could these people come up with a more unsympathetic person and facts on which to pin their lobbying efforts?

Chicago Sun Times: NYT's Miller May Testify in IL Case

Just when I thought the Judy Miller mess couldn't get any weirder, I find this story from the Chicago Sun-Times:

N.Y. Times reporter could testify for suspect

October 18, 2005

BY ANNIE SWEENEY AND LISA DONOVAN Staff Reporters

Bridgeview used car salesman Muhammad Salah recalls being beaten, housed in a "refrigerator cell" and threatened with rape by Israeli soldiers until he admitted to bankrolling overseas terrorists, according to a new filing in U.S. District Court.

In an odd twist, the interrogation was witnessed by embattled New York Times reporter Judith Miller, and defense attorneys suggested Monday the best way for the U.S. government to prove its case -- and prove Salah wasn't abused -- is to call the controversial journalist to the witness stand.

"We think the government is going to call her," said Chicago defense attorney Michael E. Deutsch.

A message left for Miller -- author of the book God Has Ninety-Nine Names: Reporting From a Militant Middle East -- at the New York Times on Monday was not returned. A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who subpoenaed Miller to testify in the leak of a CIA agent's name and whose office is prosecuting Salah, declined to comment on whether Miller might be called to testify in the case.
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posted by Michael 2:23 PM

Chicago Sun Times: NYT's Miller May Testify in IL Case

Just when I thought the Judy Miller mess couldn't get any weirder, I find this story from the Chicago Sun-Times:

N.Y. Times reporter could testify for suspect

October 18, 2005

BY ANNIE SWEENEY AND LISA DONOVAN Staff Reporters

Bridgeview used car salesman Muhammad Salah recalls being beaten, housed in a "refrigerator cell" and threatened with rape by Israeli soldiers until he admitted to bankrolling overseas terrorists, according to a new filing in U.S. District Court.

In an odd twist, the interrogation was witnessed by embattled New York Times reporter Judith Miller, and defense attorneys suggested Monday the best way for the U.S. government to prove its case -- and prove Salah wasn't abused -- is to call the controversial journalist to the witness stand.

"We think the government is going to call her," said Chicago defense attorney Michael E. Deutsch.

A message left for Miller -- author of the book God Has Ninety-Nine Names: Reporting From a Militant Middle East -- at the New York Times on Monday was not returned. A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who subpoenaed Miller to testify in the leak of a CIA agent's name and whose office is prosecuting Salah, declined to comment on whether Miller might be called to testify in the case.
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posted by Michael 2:23 PM

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