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Embattled reporter Miller ends career with NY Times

Nov. 10, 2005

by DAVID B. CARUSO, the Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Judith Miller, the New York Times reporter who was first lionized, then vilified by her own newspaper for her role in the CIA leak case, has retired from the Times, the paper announced Wednesday.

Miller, who joined the Times in 1977 and was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for reporting on global terrorism, had been negotiating with the paper for several weeks about her future.

She spent 85 days in jail over the summer for refusing to testify about her conversations with a confidential source.

But after her release, Miller was criticized harshly and publicly by Times editors and writers for her actions in the CIA leak case and for her reporting during the run-up to the Iraq war, indicating that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. The reports were later discredited.

Miller did not immediately respond to an e-mail or answer her telephone.

"We are grateful to Judy for her significant personal sacrifice to defend an important journalistic principle," Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. said in a statement. "I respect her decision to retire from the Times and wish her well."