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Profile: Judith MIller


Positions that Judith MIller has held:

  • New York Times reporter




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Judith MIller actively participated in the following events:


December 2001      Complete Iraq timeline

       In early December, Adnan Ihsan Saeed al-Haideri flees Iraq and defects to the United States. He tells US intelligence that he was a civil engineer until the end of 2000 and that he was involved in rebuilding Iraqi facilities that would produce chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons. He claims “that as many as 300 secret weapons facilities ... [have] been ‘reactivated’ since the withdrawal of UN inspectors.” He describes a biological weapons program consisting of small underground labs and mobile labs concealed within specially modified trucks. “In some areas, houses or a small factory would get converted into labs,” Saeed tells his debriefers. [Washington Post, 7/31/2002; Washington Post, 12/21/01; New York Times, 12/20/2001] In late December, Ahmed Chalabi of the Iraqi National Congress arranges for Saeed al-Haideri to be interviewed by New York Times reporter Judith Miller in Thailand. In the interview, Saeed describes visits he made to the secret weapons labs. He says “that he had personally visited at least 20 different sites that he believed to have been associated with Iraq's chemical or biological weapons programs,” reports the New York Times. “[S]everal of the production and storage facilities were hidden in the rear of government companies and private villas in residential areas, or underground in what were built to look like water wells which are lined with lead-filled concrete and contain no water. He said that he was shown biological materials from a laboratory that was underneath Saddam Hussein Hospital, the largest hospital in Baghdad.” [New York Review of Books 2/26/04; New York Times, 12/20/2001] After the invasion of Iraq, no evidence will be found to substantiate Saeed's claims, and Judith Miller will be widely criticized for her heavy—almost exclusive—reliance on the INC and its members as the main sources for her stories. [Slate, 8/29/03; Slate, 7/25/03]
People and organizations involved: Iraqi National Congress (INC), Ahmed Chalabi, Judith MIller, Adnan Ihsan Saeed al-Haideri

(1:00am) September 8, 2002      Complete Iraq timeline

       The New York Times publishes a front page story reporting that Iraq has attempted to obtain aluminum tubes which, US intelligence believes, were intended for use in a nuclear weapons program. The article—written by Times reporters Judith Miller and Michael Gordon—cites unnamed intelligence officials as its sources. “In the last 14 months, Iraq has sought to buy thousands of specially designed aluminum tubes, which American officials believe were intended as components of centrifuges to enrich uranium,” reports the newspaper. “The diameter, thickness and other technical specifications of the aluminum tubes had persuaded American intelligence experts that they were meant for Iraq's nuclear program ....” The article does not say that experts at the Department of Energy do not believe the tubes were intended for use in a gas centrifuge. [New York Times, 9/8/2002] Houston G. Wood III, a retired Oak Ridge physicist who had filed a report with the US government more than a year before (see (Mid-July 2001)-August 17, 2001) concluding that the tubes were not meant for centrifuges, is shocked by the report. In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation more than a year later, he will recount his initial reaction: “My first thought was, ‘This must be some new tubes’ , you know. And then...and then when I realized that these were the tubes that I had been looking at a year before, I was just ... I was ... I was just shocked. I couldn't believe that, you know, here we were, saying that these tubes were, you know, the same tubes that I'd come to the conclusion a year before were not valid for centrifuges, and here they're saying they are. So, er ... that was a real surprise.” [Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 10/27/03]
People and organizations involved: Judith MIller, Michael Gordon, Houston G. Wood III

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