Judith Miller Sprung from the Big House
It was supposed quite some time back that every Administration official of any note, include Libby, had signed a release. CNN quotes The New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller as saying that Miller had previously received a waiver from her source that was "only... generic," and Keller said that Miller"...believed she had ample reason to doubt it had been freely given."
Has Judith Miller agreed to testify because she was about to be indicted on felony conspiracy charges? Although that might never be known for sure, it is not beyond the realm of the likely that Fitzgerald was about to submit to the grand jury the vote for indictment of Miller on at least one count of criminal conspiracy. He would have conveyed this to her attorney, who would then have advised her that she needed to sing. The grand jury term expires within a matter of days, which means Miller, whose civil contempt citation would have ended at the expiry of the grand jury's term, had only a modest few days more to ride out at the federal pen. Under the circumstances, then, Ms. Miller's sudden change of position on testifying is striking in its timing.
Adding to the suspicions that what is happening now is not the process of justice moving apace, Miller has allegedly had a parade of visitors recently, not the least of whom was the new, recess-appointed UN Ambassador John Bolton, which goes to the prospect noted previously here at The Dark Wraith Forums that Bolton is somehow involved through his former underling David Wurmser, now a foreign policy adviser to Vice President Cheney.
Beyond speculation about a journalist's motives for surrendering to federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's demands are the implications on what has become of that U.S. attorney's case: it could be that Mr. Fitzgerald, nearing the end of the term of the grand jury and not wanting to empanel a new one to start all over again, is coming up bupkis. If Miller is corroborating testimony by Robert Novak or someone else, she provides the second of two witness needed under rules for indictments of Rove and Libby. But that's about it; and even there, Fitsgerald is stretching in the 11th hour if he had to threaten criminal conspiracy to shake a squeal out of Judith "Mouthpiece for War" Miller. With the grand jury that has been considering evidence in the case of the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame nearing its termination, claims of impending, sweeping indictments look more and more like false hopes than reasoned assessments.
All of that being noted, though, Fitzgerald has spent an unknown amount of money over a period of almost two years, allowing trails to go cold, amateurs to tromp all over evidence, and the machinery of the courts under Bush Administration appointees at the Justice Department to wipe out what remained of journalistic source confidentiality.
The cumulative result of this long-running saga strikes the objective observer as pointing to a relatively good performance by some very sordid interests now controlling the stage in Washington.
The Dark Wraith would applaud them if he were a bit more generous.
This article has been revised as of September 30, 2005, at 5:25 p.m. EDT.