10/16/2005: Judy's 'Flaming' Lies
I Don’t know *why* anyone from the NY Times itself, or a Prosecutor would consider this account believable coming from Judy Miller. There are a few very obvious LIES in her version. Not the least of which was captured in this bit from The News Blog:
“I’m sure people will parse these articles for meaning, but let’s be clear, Judy Miller is a liar, who sided with Scooter Libby over her collegues. She should be fired outright. She lied to her editors and most importantly, she lied to the grand jury. Any reporter who says, when dealing with a notebook of quotes from one source, and says another jumped in the middle of that, is a fucking liar and everyone in the newsroom knows it. You can’t take notes like that. Fitzgerald should indict her for perjury and may well do so.
Well, when taking notes, you usually try to seperate them by source, so you don’t confuse words from different people. Even a couple of lines would have been used. Miller might have jotted the name down, but then, she would have isolated it. So not to confuse the two subjects. But without initials or a notation, her story is just bullshit. Her whole story would not pass muster in a reporting 101 class.
I mean, you have to believe she was taking notes, and in the middle of these notes, from one subject, this name randomly appears. Come on, who is she trying to fool? And then she forgets who it was? Oh my God, she hid the damn notebook in the first place, then she has a memory lapse in a business where memory lapses are usually a hinderance to work? And Fitzgerald knew to ask for it."
And the same inference from my hubby - who also used to be a Television and News reporter (in another lifetime) - this is a violation of Journalism 101 and simply would NOT happen.
It also suggests she has a memory lapse on a yet unidentified second source...who pops up inconvienently in the middle of her I. Lewis Libby notes. Bleh!!! Judith Miller is an unmitigated LIAR. She deserves all the time in jail she received and maybe more…along with these other traitors to our country.
UPDATE: "Judy, Judy, Judy..." (said in an appropriate Cary Grant Accent Imitation):
Now, I'm going to go out on limb here about "WHY" would Prosecutor Fitzgerald ignore the seemingly absurd assertions of Judy's Loss of Memory on who supplied the "Valerie Flame" notation in her notebook.
My guess - a supposition based on no further information than is already available - is that there is only ONE source where anyone could get to the mention of Mr. Wilson and his wife as Valerie Plame in the same sentence.
That single place might be the "Classified memo" provided to Collin Powell on Air Force One. This memo was known to be viewed by a very short list of WH politicos and operatives. Fitzgerald, having as much information as he has gleaned in this case, may already know this is the only potential source of this key info coming from a “classified” document and being merely discussed with those not possessing a “classified clearance” would be a separate Crime from a violation of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. A violation that encompasses the Espionage Act of releasing or discussing classified information with persons not authorized to access that information, as well as violating the WH Executive order of Confidentiality of classified materials.
So, Judy, Judy, Judy…and her notebook - far from protecting herself or her WH Sources and operatives- has confirmed the legal violation that took place.
Karen on 10.16.05 @ 09:15 AM CST