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ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sep 17, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Jailed journalist Judith Miller has been getting regular, high-profile visitors since she was put in custody for not revealing a source.

The United States' ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, has visited Miller, as well as NBC's Tom Brokaw and former senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole and 96 others between July and Labor Day, The Washington Post reports.

Miller, a reporter for the New York Times, was ordered to the Alexandria Detention Center July 6 for not cooperating with special counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald is investigating the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's name to the press and into whether the leak was in retaliation for Plame's husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson's public criticism of the Bush administration.

Miller and Time Magazine reporter Matthew Cooper were both threatened with jail for not telling Fitzgerald the name of their informant in the story about Plame.

Cooper has since cooperated and said that President Bush's senior advisor, Karl Rove, was the informant, though it is not clear whether Rove broke the law.

Revealing the name of a covert U.S. official by a federal employee is a crime if the information was gleaned from a classified source.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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