"If anybody bothered to read the Iraq war stories they're now so busy criticizing, they would see that Julian Assange and I were involved in very different kinds of journalism. They are not morally equivalent. While we both sought to publicize official secrets, I and my co-authors at The NYT spent enormous time trying to verify the secret government reports and other WMD-related stories we published. Every exclusive story of mine appeared with a discussion of its context, the difficulty involved in corroborating the highly classified information, and an assessment by at least one independent expert and likely skeptic, often identified by name and organization. Julian Assange, whom I have repeatedly defended, did none of these things."
This is a bald-faced lie; although one can expect nothing else from the serial liar and Cheney-enabler Miller. She did not spend "enormous time trying to verify the secret government reports and other WMD-related stories we published." Unless, that is, she is the worst fact-checker in the history of the universe (which is, on the other hand, a viable theory, given the available evidence.) It was widely recognized at the time, when Ms. Miller was disgracing the New York Times with the publication of her claims, that there was no factual evidence available to support them, and that she was doing nothing more than repeating Bush administration propaganda without a thought about its truth. We all knew (those of us who cared to know, anyway) that she was nothing but a shill, repeating malicious, utterly groundless claims in our nation's most prestigious newspaper. Her stories, which contradicted the information compiled by United Nations weapons inspectors who had spent years in Iraq, were (as was known perfectly well at the time) based on the "evidence" of corrupt officials, known liars, and even a couple of plainly psychotic individuals with a considerable history of purveying false information.
The willing tool Judith Miller was as responsible as anyone outside of the Bush administration for the greatest military disaster in our country's history. For her to criticize Mr. Assange because he published government e-mails without context is an insult to every honest American. I suppose the only comfort anyone can take in her sordid behavior, is that it catapulted her from the front page of the Times to Newsmax, one of the most serially dishonest of right wing websites, where at least she is in the company of her peers. A couple of more incidents like this and she will be partnering with Pam Geller.