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Time Inc. Editor in Chief Norm Pearlstine has become the first media figure to secure a book deal in connection with the controversial case involving CIA agent Valerie Plame.

Pearlstine is believed to be getting a low six-figure advance for the book from Nan A. Talese's imprint of Doubleday for "Off the Record: The Use and Misuse of Anonymous Sources."

Meanwhile, two other key players are also said to be courting book deals.

Judith Miller, the NewYork Times reporter recently released from jail after she refused to reveal her source in the story, was rumored to be considering a $1.2 million book deal from Simon & Schuster, according to a Web posting by Arianna Huffington. But both S&S and the Times have insisted the report is false.

Miller said her source had explicitly released her from a confidentiality pledge and she testified Friday. Her lawyers said the source was Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney.

Matthew Cooper, the Time magazine reporter who testified in the grand jury, said he has "been approached, let's leave it at that."

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