New York Times reporter Judith Miller was jailed today for refusing to disclose her sources to a prosecutor investigating the leak of a CIA operative's name. A second reporter, Time magazine correspondent Matthew Cooper, agreed to testify after his source waived any confidentiality.
Marshals led Miller, 57, away in custody today after she was sentenced for contempt of court. Time Inc. said in a statement that the decision by Cooper's source to release him from his confidentiality promise "has made the decision for Matt to testify a simple one, as other journalists have already testified in this case after being released by their sources.''
Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is investigating who revealed the name of Valerie Plame, a Central Intelligence Agency weapons expert, to newspaper columnist Robert Novak. It's a federal crime for U.S. officials who know the identity of covert agents to deliberately disclose their names. Fitzgerald has said his investigation was essentially complete except for interviews of Miller and Cooper.