New York Times reporter Judith Miller was released yesterday from a federal jail in Virginia where she had been held since July 6 after she agreed to testify about her conversations with a confidential source. Miller is expected to appear today before a federal grand jury investigating whether anyone in the Bush administration leaked the name of a covert CIA officer to reporters, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Her release came after Miller received what the New York Times described as “a direct and un-coerced waiver” from her source, identified as I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, that released her from any pledge of confidentiality and enabled her to testify. Her incarceration triggered renewed interest in Congress about legislation to prevent journalists from going to jail for protecting sources who provide information about official misconduct. The Los Angeles Times said “people close to the case speculated that the possibility of a grueling and seemingly endless jail term may also have been a factor in the resolution.”