Judy Miller "retires" from the New York Times.
Judith Miller, the New York Times reporter who was first lionized, then vilified by her own newspaper for her role in the CIA leak case, has retired from the Times, the paper announced Wednesday."Heroic journalist"? I think I just threw up a little.
Miller did not immediately respond to an e-mail or answer her telephone.
"We are grateful to Judy for her significant personal sacrifice to defend an important journalistic principle," said Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher of The New York Times, in a statement. "I respect her decision to retire from The Times and wish her well."
Executive editor Bill Keller, who was critical of Miller's actions, said of his newly departed reporter, "She displayed fierce determination and personal courage both in pursuit of the news and in resisting assaults on the freedom of news organizations to report."
In an e-mail memo last month to the newspaper's staff, Keller said that until Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald subpoenaed Miller in the criminal probe, "I didn't know that Judy had been one of the reporters on the receiving end" of leaks aimed at Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson.
"Judy seems to have misled" Times Washington bureau chief Bill Taubman about the extent of her involvement, Keller wrote.
Taubman asked Miller in the fall of 2003 whether she was among the reporters who had gotten leaks about the identity of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame.
"Ms. Miller denied it," the newspaper reported in a weekend story.
Miller and Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, discussed Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame, in three conversations in the weeks before the CIA officer's status was outed by columnist Robert Novak.
Keller said he might have been more willing to compromise with Fitzgerald over Miller's testimony "if I had known the details of Judy's entanglement with Libby."
In response, Miller told the Times that Keller's memo was "seriously inaccurate," the newspaper said. It reported that in a memo to Keller, Miller wrote she "never meant to mislead Phil (Taubman), nor did I mislead him."
As for Keller's remark about "my 'entanglement' with Mr. Libby, I had no personal, social, or other relationship with him except as a source," Miller wrote.
Responding to Keller's memo, Miller's attorney, Bob Bennett, said: "I am very concerned now that there are people trying to even old scores and undercut her as a heroic journalist."
In other news regarding people with blood on their hands, Andrea Yates has been granted a new trial.
Am I the only one who finds Yates a more sympathetic figure than Miller?