Thursday, October 07, 2004

Judge Orders Times Reporter Jailed

Editor and Publisher: October 7, 2004

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.

"I'm extremely disappointed that I have been sentenced to jail despite the fact that I did not write, and The Times did not publish, an article about (CIA officer) Valerie Plame," Miller said in a statement.

"It's frankly frightening that just for doing my job and talking to government employees about public issues, I may be deprived of my freedom and family."


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