A former New York Tim
es reporter assailed for her incorrect reports about Iraq's purported weapons of mass destruction is criticizing Julian Assange for being a "bad journalist."
Judith Miller took on the WikiLeaks founder during an appearance on Fox News Watch Saturday, arguing that Assange was a bad journalist "because he didn't care at all about attempting to verify the information that he was putting out, or determine whether or not it hurt anyone."
For many critics of the war in Iraq, that claim is likely to set off irony alarms. Miller has become famous for being the author of a 2002 New York Times article -- now debunked -- suggesting that Saddam Hussein had an active nuclear weapons program.
"Mr. Hussein's dogged insistence on pursuing his nuclear ambitions, along with what defectors described in interviews as Iraq's push to improve and expand Baghdad's chemical and biological arsenals, have brought Iraq and the United States to the brink of war," Miller wrote.
Senior Bush administration officials would soon use the article to argue for an invasion of Iraq.