NYT reporter Judith Miller retires from paper in wake of Plame affair

[JURIST] Judith Miller [JURIST news archive], the New York Times reporter at the center of the CIA leak case [JURIST news archive], has left the newspaper after 28 years there, the Times announced Wednesday [NYT report, registration required]. Miller negotiated with the paper for several weeks about her departure after she was jailed for 85 days [JURIST report] this summer for failing to reveal her source to a federal grand jury investigating the leak case. She was released after agreeing to testify to a grand jury, although she later wrote she could not recall [JURIST report] who told her the name of CIA covert operative Valerie Plame. Miller was initially supported by the Times for her decision, although she later became an object of criticism [JURIST report] by the paper and others for her refusal to cooperate and for problematic reports she filed on Iraq's pursuit of nuclear weapons in the run-up to the war. Miller has defended her decision to withhold her source, and she said she was leaving the paper, in part, because others disagreed with her actions. In a memo to the staff [text], Executive Editor Bill Keller said Miller produced "great, prize-winning journalism" while with the paper. AP has more.

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