Bye now

So Judy Miller is out. Editorial page editor Gail Collins wouldn’t agree to an op-ed from her, only a letter. I hope the paper didn’t agree to limit what it can say.

Ms. Miller could not be reached for comment.

Lawyers for Ms. Miller and the paper negotiated a severance package, the details of which they would not disclose.

As transparent as an Iraqi sandstorm.

She put her letter up on her own site (see, I told you she’d end up blogging).

On July 6 I chose to go to jail to defend my right as a journalist to protect a confidential source, the same right that enables lawyers to grant confidentiality to their clients, clergy to their parishioners, and physicians and psychotherapists to their patients.

Except that we’re not doctors or priests, even if we try to act as if we are.

Though some colleagues disagreed with my decision to testify, for me to have stayed in jail after achieving my conditions would have seemed self-aggrandizing martyrdom or worse, a deliberate effort to obstruct the prosecutor’s inquiry into serious crimes.

To many, it seemed like just that anyway.

: We are still waiting to hear from the editorial page about l’affaire Miller.

: Huffington calls it “a great victory for the Times newsroom, the blogosphere, and journalism.”