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Times reporters say Miller's attorney helped write 'tell-all'

Jason Leopold

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Three senior New York Times reporters close to the internal issues surrounding Judith Miller's 'tell-all' in Sunday's paper have told RAW STORY Miller wrote her first person story with the help of her attorney, Bob Bennett.

Bennett vetted the piece before Miller filed it with editors to ensure Miller did not reveal anything more than what she told the grand jury during her testimony, the journalists said.

Miller was jailed for 85 days after refusing to disclose her source inside the White House as part of an investigation into the outing of a covert CIA agent. Her decision to protect her source -- and the Times' decision to fully support her -- has caused internal turmoil among veteran reporters at the paper.

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"I think she was afraid of letting people know how deeply she was involved," one Times reporter remarked. "For her, it was better to say as little as possible and Bennett helped her in that regard. It was very important that she didn't say anything that strayed from her testimony."

Neither Miller or Bennett could be reached for comment.

In the wake of Sunday's expose, reporters are growing increasingly upset with the editor of the nation's premier daily newspaper. Several who spoke to RAW STORY this weekend are now strongly questioning the paper's leadership.

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Correction: Miller's attorney's first name is Bob.

Originally published on Monday October 17, 2005.

 


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