[Mb-civic] Jailed Reporter Is Distanced From News,
Not Elite Visitors - Washington Post
swiggard at comcast.net
Sat Sep 17 06:46:20 PDT 2005
Jailed Reporter Is Distanced From News, Not Elite Visitors
By Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, September 17, 2005; Page A01
Locked in the Alexandria Detention Center for the past 11 weeks, New
York Times reporter Judith Miller is cut off from the world. She has no
Internet access and precious little opportunity to view CNN. Her phone
calls are limited, friends say. Her daily newspaper arrives a day late.
But for 30 minutes nearly every day, the world comes to her: A parade of
prominent government and media officials, 99 in all, visited Miller
between early July, when she was jailed for refusing to be questioned by
a federal prosecutor, and Labor Day, according to a document obtained by
The Washington Post.
The who's who of friends, supporters and Washington and New York
luminaries includes John R. Bolton, President Bush's new ambassador to
the United Nations, former "NBC Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw and
former senator Robert J. Dole (R-Kan.). Gonzalo Marroquin, president of
the Inter-American Press Society and director of the Guatemalan daily
Prensa Libre has been by.
Most say they want to rally her spirits and show support for what they
believe is the right of a free press to protect confidential sources.
"Judy Miller is the most innocent person in this case," Brokaw said in
an interview yesterday. "I really thought that was outrageous that she
was jailed and we needed as journalists to draw a line in the sand in a
strong but thoughtful way."
Miller was jailed July 6 after a federal judge found her in contempt of
court for repeatedly refusing to cooperate with special counsel Patrick
J. Fitzgerald in the Valerie Plame leak case. Fitzgerald has been
investigating whether Bush administration officials broke the law by
leaking the name of Plame, then an undercover CIA operative, to the
media in retaliation for criticism of the administration leveled by
Plame's husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV.
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
More information about the Mb-civic