Skip to comments.Media move to quash subpoenas on CIA leak (Tim Russert subpoenaed)
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.
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What did Timmy know and when did he know it?
I still contend it was wilson who outed his wife..
Then why did that troll Novak say "administration officials"?
They don't want the truth to come out that it was Wilson himself or a big dem who outed his wife.
Then why did that troll Novak say "administration officials"?
Which admnistration? Clinton's?
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"?
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...
You can't really poo-poo a grand jury indictment. This would have legs.
With so many news organizations in on this leak, I am surprised the name of the leaker hasn't leaked out by now.
I lean toward Richard Clarke. This was his area of speciality and he was feeing very insecure at that time.
There is nothing here, but the media likes it better when they can rely on innuendo instead of facts.
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..
>>>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.
They aren't going to get very far arguing that a reporter has a right to publish secret info.
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..
There is no reporter "special privledge". Saw a fed lawyer in a Paul Neuman movie say it.
and what about Novak?
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.
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.
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.
I'm also wondering - could Tenet be called to testify here?
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?'
exactly right. but the fact remains - they have a grand jury now.
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.
But then again, this is Time:
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...
Good points all.
I want to see Russert's reaction.
Well, the one named leaker was Plame herself; she leaked all over Wilson's pillow. And then Wilson leaked that information to Maureen Dowd.
You're right on all accounts.
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
That would include ex-Clinton Administration officials, right?
Except for their latest "UN war crimes tribunal" angle. Their desperation increases daily.
Agreed. Novak is as much a "friend" of Bush's as is McCain and the rest of the RINO's.
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...
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.
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).
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.
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".
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.
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.
He's a real SOB.
"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.
It's very distressing that the media isn't cooperating with what they claim to be a serious criminal investigation. Most distressing.