Judy Miller generates some helpful headlines for the defense in the Libby trial. From the WaPo, filed during the lunch break (but still not as timely as the livebloggers!):
Miller Testifies to Multiple Sources on Plame
Reporter Not 'Absolutely Certain' Libby Was First Source
And here is Matt Apuzzo of the AP:
Libby Lawyers Seize on Miller Hesitation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller acknowledged Wednesday that she had conversations with other government officials and could not be "absolutely, absolutely certain" that she first heard about an outed CIA official from I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
Libby's attorneys seized on the hesitation and tried to portray Miller as someone who selectively remembers some conversations and not others.
Ms. Miller does have an extraordinary memory. She initially had no recollection at all of meeting with Libby on June 23, 2003, and told the grand jury that she believed she had only spoken with Libby's assistant. However, at the urging of Special Counsel Fitzgerald she looked for some June notebooks, and found them in a shopping bag under her desk. Lucky Day!
And these notebooks had a peculiar and selective quality - they were able to refresh her memory of her June 23 conversation with Libby to the extent that she was quite clear as to his demeanor (agitated and angry). Mysteriously, however, other entries in her notebook have absolutely no impact at all on her recollections - the notations for "Valery Flame" or Joe Wilson's phone number may as well be in ancient Sanskrit for all the meaning they now convey to her.
Oh, well. Her memory deficiencies may baffle the jury, raise questions about the thoroughness of Fitzgerald's investigations (Who were her other sources? Who cares!), or leave jurors wondering why only Libby's received an indictment for a bad memory.
But the gist of her story - Libby discussed Plame with her before he claims to have heard and absorbed it from Tim Russert on July 10 or 11 - remains as a problem for the defense.
MORE: Byron York describes Judy's travails and includes her own admission about her selective memory:
“Generally, I am note-driven,” Miller said. “And notes bring to mind a memory, or they don’t. Sometimes they did, sometimes they didn’t.”
It was just Fitzgerald's good luck that the Libby notes brought back memories, and just the defense's bad luck that the other notes did not.