MILLER’S MEMORY….For what it’s worth, I just want to point out that Judith Miller’s contention that she can’t remember who originally provided her with the name “Valerie Flame” is completely ridiculous. She apparently wrote down the name in her notebook sometime around July 8, 2003, and obviously she knew where it came from at the time. Within a week, Robert Novak had written his infamous column in which he outed Valerie Plame, and Miller certainly hadn’t forgotten who provided her the name that quickly. A couple of days later all hell broke loose, and that would have etched the name of her source in her mind permanently.
Miller’s excuse for her forgetfulness is that “It is also difficult, more than two years later, to parse the meaning and context of phrases, of underlining and of parentheses.” But it’s not a matter of Miller not remembering a trivial detail two years after the fact. It’s a question of whether she remembered it a week after the fact.
Answer: of course she did. And if she remembered it then, she certainly remembers it now. She just doesn’t want to say so.