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Media move to quash subpoenas on CIA leak (Tim Russert subpoenaed)
Newsday ^ | 6.5.04

Posted on 06/04/2004 8:26:53 PM PDT by ambrose

Media move to quash subpoenas on CIA leak

BY TOM BRUNE WASHINGTON BUREAU

June 5, 2004

WASHINGTON -- Time magazine and NBC on Friday filed motions seeking to quash grand jury subpoenas issued last month to compel testimony from their reporters about whether Bush administration officials leaked the name of a covert CIA operative.

The motions, claiming reporters' privilege under the First Amendment, were filed under seal in U.S. District Court in Washington, Time and NBC said, and represent what many attorneys say could be an uphill battle because of unfavorable case law.

Time and NBC are fighting subpoenas issued May 21 by a Washington grand jury led by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, the U.S. attorney in Chicago named six months ago to probe the leak last year of CIA operative Valerie Plame's name to columnist Robert Novak and other journalists.

Fitzgerald, seeking the identity of the leaker or leakers, wants to question Matthew Cooper of Time and Tim Russert of NBC's "Meet the Press," who reported on the leak.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsday.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cialeak; plamegate

1 posted on 06/04/2004 8:26:54 PM PDT by ambrose
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To: Shermy

What did Timmy know and when did he know it?


2 posted on 06/04/2004 8:29:47 PM PDT by ambrose (AP Headline: "Kerry Says His 'Family' Owns SUV, Not He")
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To: ambrose

I still contend it was wilson who outed his wife..


3 posted on 06/04/2004 8:31:13 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Terrence Maculiffe-Ariolimax columbianus (hint- its a gastropod.....)
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To: ambrose

Hypocrites.


4 posted on 06/04/2004 8:31:23 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: cardinal4

Then why did that troll Novak say "administration officials"?


5 posted on 06/04/2004 8:32:31 PM PDT by ambrose (AP Headline: "Kerry Says His 'Family' Owns SUV, Not He")
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To: cardinal4

They don't want the truth to come out that it was Wilson himself or a big dem who outed his wife.


6 posted on 06/04/2004 8:32:39 PM PDT by Ron in Acreage (Kerry is a threat to national security)
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To: ambrose

Then why did that troll Novak say "administration officials"?

Which admnistration? Clinton's?


7 posted on 06/04/2004 8:35:11 PM PDT by AngieGOP (I never met a woman who became a stripper because she played with Barbie dolls as a kid)
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To: ambrose
It seems the libs have about milked the Abu Dabba Doo Prison dry, so they are dredging up the Pflume/Wilson case again.

If this won't fill more than a few day, look for them to rehash GWB's National Guard service again.
8 posted on 06/04/2004 8:37:46 PM PDT by TomGuy (Clintonites have such good hind-sight because they had their heads up their hind-ends 8 years.)
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To: ambrose; Allan; Jeff Gannon; Mitchell; mrustow

Newsday is kind of coy here. They're in it just as much as Novak, Knut Royce' article quoting "intelligence" officials in his followup report.

There was a long list...weren't they all "subpoenaed"?


9 posted on 06/04/2004 8:38:05 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: ambrose

Perhaps because Novak is no friend of Bush.

As we now know, between the facts that Plame's job was known to much of the Washington area press and she'd had her cover blown by Ames, the list of possible leakers is large.

The larger, and far more important, questions continue to be ignored though.

Who sent Wilson? His wife? His wife's boss who resigned after the story broke? If the latter, did his wife still play a part?

Also, seeing as Wilson is on the payroll of the government of Saudi Arabia, what role did the House of Saud play in all this? Certainly, their retainer being sent on a mission likely to, and then in fact, causing so much trouble for Bush couldn't have worked out any better for the Saudis...


10 posted on 06/04/2004 8:39:05 PM PDT by swilhelm73
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To: TomGuy

You can't really poo-poo a grand jury indictment. This would have legs.


11 posted on 06/04/2004 8:39:14 PM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: Shermy

With so many news organizations in on this leak, I am surprised the name of the leaker hasn't leaked out by now.


12 posted on 06/04/2004 8:39:38 PM PDT by ambrose (AP Headline: "Kerry Says His 'Family' Owns SUV, Not He")
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To: cardinal4

I lean toward Richard Clarke. This was his area of speciality and he was feeing very insecure at that time.


13 posted on 06/04/2004 8:39:47 PM PDT by bayourod (Kerry has no track record in negotiating with foreign nations, nor does Sec of State Sharpton)
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To: Ron in Acreage
I agree, if Tim Russert had information to hurt Bush and help his good friend, Hillary (I trust we all remember the MTP love in, he would be talking faster than prisoner at Abu Ghirab with an electrode hooked to his testicles.

There is nothing here, but the media likes it better when they can rely on innuendo instead of facts.

14 posted on 06/04/2004 8:40:40 PM PDT by Lance Romance
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To: ambrose

I still dont trust him. When pressed for who told him, what better way to shift the spotlight away from him by blaming Bush? That is, of course, what this is all about. Novak got it from Wilson and blamed the Bush Admin. Just my opinion, but Wilson is weird, a proven liar, and a talker. He was quoted telling someone that when he and his wife were dating, they were making out and in the "heat of passion" she told him she was a spook. That just strikes me weird that this is public knowledge, yet they are still going after Bush..


15 posted on 06/04/2004 8:41:11 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Terrence Maculiffe-Ariolimax columbianus (hint- its a gastropod.....)
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To: cardinal4

>>>I still contend it was wilson who outed his wife..

I think they could parade reporters in front of the grand jury, and they's all say that before the Novak story, they all knew who she was, and who she worked for...but they didn't report it. She was outed long beofre Novak published her name.


16 posted on 06/04/2004 8:41:27 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Life's a beach, and liberals are the sand in your swimsuit that can't be washed away.)
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To: ambrose
Were I Russet's lawyers the first argument I would make is that there was no violation of any law because the bitch wasn't covered under the definition of an undercover operative, and that her name had already been made public by her husband.

They aren't going to get very far arguing that a reporter has a right to publish secret info.

17 posted on 06/04/2004 8:44:15 PM PDT by bayourod (Kerry has no track record in negotiating with foreign nations, nor does Sec of State Sharpton)
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To: bayourod
I lean toward Richard Clarke. This was his area of speciality and he was feeing very insecure at that time.

He is reptililan enough to do it, Ill grant you. But the whole Wilson-CIA-Niger thing is very weird. There is a lot we dont know, but what we do, just doesnt make sense. Who sent Wilson over there in the first place? Another thing, wasnt she outed Ames before any of this happened? Naw, my moneys on Wilson. Just playing a part in the continuing anti-Bush movement. Everytime a new story loses legs or credibility, there is another one like this to take its place..

18 posted on 06/04/2004 8:45:42 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Terrence Maculiffe-Ariolimax columbianus (hint- its a gastropod.....)
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To: ambrose

There is no reporter "special privledge". Saw a fed lawyer in a Paul Neuman movie say it.


19 posted on 06/04/2004 8:50:11 PM PDT by Waco
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To: ambrose; PhilDragoo; Ragtime Cowgirl; Cindy; SusanTK; AdmSmith; Valin; Luis Gonzalez; ...

20 posted on 06/04/2004 8:52:01 PM PDT by Smartass ( BUSH & CHENEY IN 2004 - Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió.)
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To: ambrose

and what about Novak?


21 posted on 06/04/2004 8:53:11 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: ambrose
The motions, claiming reporters' privilege under the First Amendment

The First Amendment says no such thing---but then again, some people think the Constitution gives them a right to murder when they feel like it.

22 posted on 06/04/2004 8:54:04 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: GraniteStateConservative

yes, but we also must fear what they might say. Bush didn't retain Sharp for nothing - who knows what schemes they could setup here against Bush.


23 posted on 06/04/2004 8:55:01 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: cardinal4

Her 'secret' identity as a C.I.A. employee was not a secret in Washington dinner circles. A 'leak' didn't have to come from someone in the White House, mere;y a liberal dnc servant doing his party's bidding in order to start a rumor and perhaps gin up a watergatesque empanelment for dnc political purposes. Wilson has been caught in more than one lie, so his credibility is about as good as Ayatollah Teddy's.


24 posted on 06/04/2004 8:56:20 PM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: ambrose

I'm also wondering - could Tenet be called to testify here?


25 posted on 06/04/2004 8:56:23 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: ambrose

Wouldn't Wilson's wife be an 'administration official,' and wouldn't the Wash Post's Pincus' wife also be an 'administration official' given that except for Congress and the Judiciary and their staffs- everybody with a government job, no matter who appointed them or when, is an 'administration official?'


26 posted on 06/04/2004 8:58:05 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: MHGinTN

exactly right. but the fact remains - they have a grand jury now.


27 posted on 06/04/2004 8:58:25 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: Smartass; MeekOneGOP; potlatch; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; Happy2BMe; dixiechick2000; onyx


Media gets a reality check.


Interesting to watch coverage from now until Nov.


Let's see if any want to get tossed in the slammer like that leftie bimbo wanna-bee writer who claimed that made her a journalist.



28 posted on 06/04/2004 8:59:47 PM PDT by devolve (````````````````` [..........................Hello from Sunny South Florida.........................)
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To: TomGuy
This Time cover from last October is a tribute to media hysteria about this much-ado-about-Wilson-who-talks-about-his-sex-life-with-his-wife-to-the-press. Time "mag-rag" tried mightily to turn this into the "2nd coming of Watergate."

But then again, this is Time:


29 posted on 06/04/2004 9:01:28 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: swilhelm73
Who sent Wilson? His wife? His wife's boss who resigned after the story broke?

Not only "who?", but "why?"

What was the purpose of Wilson's mission to begin with? And was the purpose accomplished?

Presuming, of course, that the original purpose was not to undermine the President...

30 posted on 06/04/2004 9:01:37 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: devolve

Exactly.
Good points all.
I want to see Russert's reaction.
And Novak's.


31 posted on 06/04/2004 9:02:02 PM PDT by onyx
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To: ambrose

Well, the one named leaker was Plame herself; she leaked all over Wilson's pillow. And then Wilson leaked that information to Maureen Dowd.


32 posted on 06/04/2004 9:03:43 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: okie01
Well, I'm guessing the ultimate who is this guy;



But as for the person immediately responsible, unless Wilson changes his story that he doesn't know who sent him, we will never get proof. However, I still think Plame persuaded her superior. It makes sense seeing as this was his baliwick anyway.

And we all know the reason why...
33 posted on 06/04/2004 9:22:07 PM PDT by swilhelm73
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To: swilhelm73

You're right on all accounts.


34 posted on 06/04/2004 9:27:08 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: ambrose

Who cares about the b*tch? Her husband made sure she was all over the papers? This is a non-starter, forget it, not worth the bandwidth to anybody except her creepy husband (kerry/lurch supporter). HAHAHAHAHA


35 posted on 06/04/2004 9:27:33 PM PDT by Ethyl
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To: ambrose
Then why did that troll Novak say "administration officials"?

That would include ex-Clinton Administration officials, right?

36 posted on 06/04/2004 9:38:46 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Any day you wake up is a good day.)
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To: TomGuy
It seems the libs have about milked the Abu Dabba Doo Prison dry, ...

Except for their latest "UN war crimes tribunal" angle. Their desperation increases daily.

37 posted on 06/04/2004 9:42:20 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Any day you wake up is a good day.)
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To: swilhelm73

Agreed. Novak is as much a "friend" of Bush's as is McCain and the rest of the RINO's.


38 posted on 06/04/2004 9:44:54 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Any day you wake up is a good day.)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

I don't know. It seems to me the UN war crimes tribunal might be a threat from Kofi to lay off the oil for food investigations that seem to point right at Kofi's son...


39 posted on 06/04/2004 9:48:16 PM PDT by swilhelm73
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To: ambrose
With so many news organizations in on this leak, I am surprised the name of the leaker hasn't leaked out by now.

Unless it was Hitlery, in which case the leaker's "outer" could expect the live expectancy of James McDougal in a BC-approved Federal prison.

40 posted on 06/04/2004 9:50:38 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Any day you wake up is a good day.)
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To: SkyPilot

They are so desperate for a scandal that their insides are being eaten away by their own hatred and anxiety. Let them reap their just reward (ulcers and mental breakdowns).


41 posted on 06/04/2004 9:54:40 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Any day you wake up is a good day.)
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To: swilhelm73

Yes. I meant "they" in terms of the international/national anti-Bush cabal. Kofi, a charter member, as one of the most corrupt international bureaucrats in history, has his own arse to defend as well.


42 posted on 06/04/2004 9:58:57 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Any day you wake up is a good day.)
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To: swilhelm73
However, I still think Plame persuaded her superior. It makes sense seeing as this was his baliwick anyway.

I agree. Alan Foley's decision, based on Plame's recommendation.

One wonders whether Joseph C. Wilson IV and Miss Valerie might have conceived the trip between them prior to Plame even approaching Foley.

But we know, of course, that covert CIA-types don't indulge in such pillow talk. It would be so, so, so, er, ah..."unprofessional".

43 posted on 06/04/2004 10:46:52 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: bayourod
was no violation of any law because the bitch wasn't covered under the definition of an undercover operative

First, why the restorting to name calling? Second, does this mean any CIA agent who doesn't fall under your categorization of "undercover operative" can expect to see their name mentioned in the paper?
44 posted on 06/04/2004 11:29:01 PM PDT by lelio
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To: lelio
"does this mean any CIA agent who doesn't fall under your categorization of "undercover operative" can expect to see their name mentioned in the paper? "

Not all CIA employees are covered by the act. She was an analyst, not a James Bond type assassin.

No court has ruled on whether she comes under the law. This is an opportunity to have a court rule on it. If there was no crime, a person can't be held in contempt for refusing to testify.

45 posted on 06/04/2004 11:58:23 PM PDT by bayourod (Kerry has no track record in negotiating with foreign nations, nor does Sec of State Sharpton)
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To: Smartass; ambrose; devolve; PhilDragoo; onyx
Diplomat at Eye of Storm (Joseph Wilson)

He also supports efforts by the antiwar organization Moveon.org to put conditions on spending in Iraq by the Bush administration -- among them, the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and others.


46 posted on 06/05/2004 2:53:47 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is ONLY ONE good Democrat: one that has just been voted OUT of POWER ! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: MeekOneGOP

Exactly right.
He's a real SOB.


47 posted on 06/05/2004 3:46:33 AM PDT by onyx
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To: ambrose

"With so many news organizations in on this leak, I am surprised the name of the leaker hasn't leaked out by now."

It's obvious to me that the name is remaining secure beacuse its release would not hurt the Bush administration.


48 posted on 06/05/2004 5:19:55 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage
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To: ambrose

It's very distressing that the media isn't cooperating with what they claim to be a serious criminal investigation. Most distressing.


49 posted on 06/05/2004 8:51:05 AM PDT by dr_who_2
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