Thursday, October 07, 2004

No one is above the law

Judge Orders Judith Miller Jailed, Sulzberger Promises 'Fight'

NEW YORK A federal judge today held New York Times reporter Judith Miller in contempt for refusing to divulge confidential sources to prosecutors investigating the leak of an undercover CIA officer's identity.

U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan ordered Miller jailed until she agrees to testify about her sources before a grand jury, but said she could remain free while pursuing an appeal. Miller could be jailed up to 18 months.

The first amendment is not a suicide pact. Someone at the highest level of our government betrayed a CIA case officer. Judith Miller knows who it is, but won’t tell us. Not only has she defeated the purpose of her profession, to keep us informed about the actions of our government; she is a witness to a crime and an accessory after the fact.

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