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Reporter Judith Miller Jailed for Refusing to Reveal Plame Case Source

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Federal Judge Thomas F. Hogan sentenced New York Times reporter Judith Miller to jail until October for refusing to disclose the identity of a reporting source on a story she never wrote. Time Magazine reporter Matt Cooper avoided imprisonment in the same investigation into who leaked the name of C.I.A. operative Valerie Plame, when he said he would testify before a grand jury because his source has released him from his promise of confidentiality. “If journalists cannot be trusted to keep confidences, then journalists cannot function and there cannot be a free press,” Miller told the court. (7/7/05)