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NYT editor says he regrets handling of CIA leak case, suggests Miller misled paper

[JURIST] New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller [NYT profile] sent an e-mail [text] to staff members Friday, expressing regrets about his handling of Times reporter Judith Miller [JURIST archive] and her role in the CIA operative leak case [JURIST news archive]. Keller said he missed "warning signals" about Miller's role in the case, and her "entanglement" with Vice President Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [official profile], signals that might have lead him to seek compromises with Special Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald [official profile; investigation website]. In the memo, Keller also criticized Miller directly, saying she "seems to have misled" the Times Washington bureau chief by not disclosing that she was one of several reporters that had been told Valerie Plame was a CIA operative. Miller, who is taking time off from the newspaper after her release from jail, disputed Keller's allegations in an interview. The New York Times has more.

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