Not to be outdone by the NYT, Pravda is beside itself about Judy
What’s next? The rubber hoses? Oh the humanity!
The who’s who of friends, supporters and Washington and New York luminaries includes John R. Bolton, President Bush’s new ambassador to the United Nations, former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw and former senator Robert J. Dole (R-Kan.). Gonzalo Marroquin, president of the Inter-American Press Society and director of the Guatemalan daily Prensa Libre has been by.”
Guatemala? How Elliot Abrams.
“Judy Miller is the most innocent person in this case,” Brokaw said in an interview yesterday. “I really thought that was outrageous that she was jailed and we needed as journalists to draw a line in the sand in a strong but thoughtful way.”
Miller was jailed July 6 after a federal judge found her in contempt of court for repeatedly refusing to cooperate with special counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald in the Valerie Plame leak case. Fitzgerald has been investigating whether Bush administration officials broke the law by leaking the name of Plame, then an undercover CIA operative, to the media in retaliation for criticism of the administration leveled by Plame’s husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV.”
Well at least they got the “refusing to cooperate” part right.
“Some reporting”? Where? We’ve been Googling like mad and can’t find it.
“She’s very popular, and it’s kind of hard to get on the schedule,” said longtime friend Ellen Chesler, who visited Miller in early July but has not been able to get back in since. “She has to turn people away.”
Oh my stars! Sounds like Judy’s a bigger draw than Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in The Odd Couple.
Miller could walk out of jail today, leaving behind her green jumpsuit and her job at the jail laundry, by breaking her silence. She has vowed she will not, which means she can expect to remain jailed at least until the end of October, when the term of the current grand jury is scheduled to end. Fitzgerald could seek to extend her detention.”
Oh PLEASE do!
“Well, she’s not the most famous person we have here,” said one employee at the detention center, which also houses convicted al Qaeda terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui. “But she does have some visitors.”
Miller’s criminal attorney, Robert S. Bennett, said jail authorities show Miller no special treatment and handle her visitation rights “appropriately and professionally.”
“There are lot of people, like Senator Dole, that are concerned about her as a friend and as a reporter,” Bennett said. “And Judy has a lot of friends.”
Those friends include billionaire publisher Mort Zuckerman, blockbuster book editor Alice Mayhew and prolific film director Irwin Winkler and his wife, actress Margo Winkler.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) have visited to discuss a federal shield law for reporters protecting their sources. Dole, an old friend, came by before Labor Day with an aide, and later wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times urging her release.”
Nope. Harold Pinter’s not on the list.
But she’s got the director of De-Lovely and the film about the blacklist Abe Polonsky took his name off of.
Miller also hosted Charles Duelfer, who concluded in 2005 that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction but uncovered bribes in the United Nations’ oil-for-food program. Even a former secretary of the navy, Richard Danzig, who now works as a bioterrorism consultant to the Pentagon, came through.”
What’s this? “Curveball” hasn’t paid a visit to Our Judy?
Bolton declined through a spokesman to discuss his visit to Miller or his reasons for going. “This has nothing to do with his job here,” the spokesman said. “He doesn’t want to talk about it.”
Of course not. The visit has made Bolton a “celebrity.” Mission Accomplished.
But friends say the volume of visits does not make up for Miller being largely cut off from the world. Out of respect for her fellow inmates, mostly Spanish-speaking women more interested in entertainment than news, Miller does not push to watch CNN on the shared television.
“This is the toughest aspect of this for a woman who makes her living engaging the world — to be taken away from the world,” Chesler said
Hey, maybe Bolton can entertain Judy in other ways. I for one find it impossible not to look at his mustachiod visage without recalling “Buffle” — the most obscure term found in The Queen’s Vernacular: A Gay Lexicon, by Bruce Rodgers (Straight Arrow Books, 1972 — back when Jann Wenner was still officially in the closet.)
“buffle (kwn Boston gay sl) to rapidly tickle the tummy of a lover with one’s mustache while mumbling ‘Buffle, buffle, buffle!’ The intended effect is to please and amuse.”
Yes, that’s what Judy needs — a quasi-conjugal visit, especially now that the hubster cruising the Mediterranean with “bsosmy dirty book writer” (and former Abe Rosenthal toxic arm-candy) Shirley Lord.
Can’t you just see it?
“Oh Judy, Judy — BUFFLE, BUFFLE BUFFLE !”