Reporter in leak case to take leave of
absence effective immediately
10/15/2005 @ 4:19 pm Filed by John Byrne and Jason Leopold
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.
Advertisement “Judy is going to take some time off until we decide what
she is doing next,” Times’ spokesperson Catherine Mathis told RAW STORY
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
The Times’ Sunday story asserts that Miller has not signed a book deal as
“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
“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
The paper’s executive editor, Bill Keller, says Miller provided a
“The package we are giving readers includes Judy Miller’s account of what
she told the Special Counsel,” Keller said in a statement. “No other
reporter drawn into this investigation has provided such a detailed report.
We’re relieved that we can finally put this story in the hands of our
readers, who will draw their own conclusions.”
I said in my previous post that I wondered how long the Times would keep
Miller around. Seems like it is coming sooner than expected.