Skip to comments.A reporter for The New York Times, Judith Miller, was subpoenaed Thursday for CIA leak
Posted on 08/13/2004 6:38:34 AM PDT by areafiftyone
A reporter for The New York Times, Judith Miller, was subpoenaed Thursday by a Washington grand jury investigating the disclosure of the identity of a CIA undercover officer to the syndicated columnist Robert Novak and other journalists.... MORE...
And suddenly, now that Bob "The Prince of Darkness" Novak isn't the sole focus of this investigation, our friends in the media will rediscover the 1st Amendment.
I don't understand why Judith or Tim Russert are being questioned at all...there has to be so much more to this than we realize.
Sounds like Plame was a big damn non-secret!!
Judith Miller...that's interesting!
To Novak's point, the "leak" was a whistle blower: Valerie Plame did in fact abuse her position to refer work to her husband. Suddenly the liberal press is girding itself in the first amendment to protect the abusers of the whistle blower.
Yes....there is sooooooo much more!!
Their single agenda is to weaken the WAR ON TERROR as recently seen as the NEW YORK SLIMES leak of the Al QAEDA mole we had spying on them. After this leak several high ranking Al Qaeda that were being monitored went to ground and disappeared.
They (the mainstream media) dont care if people will get hurt or killed because in one way or another they will surely spin it to say ITS BUSH'S FAULT!!
From what I read, the "crime" they are investigating requires that the suspect leaked the information with the intent of damaging national security. It was passed in responce to rogue turncoat CIA agents like Phillip Agee releasing names of CIA undercover people.
I have not even heard the agrieved Mr. Wilson claim that the leak was intended to damage national security.
My fear is that this is another one of those "special" investigations that Republicans love to launch against themselves, which results in prosecutions based on tortured legal logic. Re-minds me of the Casper Weinberger inditement the Friday before the 1992 Clinton Bush Election.
Well, well, well....
I saw that last night and posted it on another thread and pinged you---but it might have gotten buried on your pings page.
Yes, I found it VERY interesting.
reporter for The New York Times, Judith Miller, was subpoenaed yesterday by a Washington grand jury investigating the disclosure of the identity of a C.I.A. undercover officer to the syndicated columnist Robert Novak and other journalists.
The subpoena to Ms. Miller was only the most recent of a series issued to journalists in a politically sensitive inquiry that has on several occasions led investigators to question White House officials.
Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the publisher of The Times, said the paper would move to quash the subpoena to Ms. Miller, issued at the behest of Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor heading the investigation.
"We regret that the special prosecutor has chosen to issue a subpoena that seeks to compel Judy Miller to reveal her confidential sources," Mr. Sulzberger said. "Journalists should not have to face the prospect of imprisonment for doing nothing more than aggressively seeking to report on the government's actions. Such subpoenas make it less likely that sources will be willing to talk candidly with reporters and ultimately it is the public that suffers.''
Lawyers for The Times said the paper expected that it would be served a separate subpoena for its records. They said the paper would fight that subpoena, too.
On Monday, a federal district judge in Washington held Time magazine and one of its reporters in contempt for refusing to identify their sources in the same case. The judge, Thomas F. Hogan, ordered the magazine to pay $1,000 a day and its reporter, Matthew Cooper, jailed until the sources were named. He suspended the sanctions pending the outcome of an appeal.
Judge Hogan will also hear The Times's motion to quash.
Mr. Novak was the first journalist to identify Valerie Plame as an undercover C.I.A. officer, in a column on July 14, 2003. Ms. Plame's husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV, a former diplomat, has asserted that the disclosure of her identity was retribution for his contention eight days earlier, in an Op-Ed article in The Times, that President Bush relied on discredited intelligence on Iraq in his 2003 State of the Union address.
The Times has not published any articles saying it received information about Ms. Plame's identity.
Oh, some of us have realized that since the beginning...
What's at issue here is, I think, the contention that it was "common knowledge" that Ms. Plame was a CIA employee, that she was Joe Wilson's wife, and that she was an "undercover operator."
From what I can glean, Russert, the reporter (can't recall his name) cited for contempt, and now Ms. Miller, are apparently among those for whom it was "common knowledge."
What's at issue now is: who told them this? Where did they hear it?
My guess is that they all heard it from Joe Wilson.
CIA leak ping......................
tic tic tic
Why? Well, the Pubbies weren't behind the Plame mess, that's for sure. Has the g.j. called Wilson and Plame, anyone heard?
March 6, 2004
A federal grand jury has subpoenaed White House records on administration contacts with more than two dozen journalists and news media outlets in a special investigation into the improper leak of a covert CIA official's identity to columnist Robert Novak last July. They include:
Robert Novak, "Crossfire," "Capital Gang" and the Chicago Sun-Times
Knut Royce and Timothy M. Phelps, Newsday
Walter Pincus, Richard Leiby, Mike Allen, Dana Priest and Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post
Matthew Cooper (he's the one being held in contempt), John Dickerson, Massimo Calabresi, Michael Duffy and James Carney, Time magazine
Evan Thomas, Newsweek
Andrea Mitchell, "Meet the Press," NBC
Chris Matthews, "Hardball," (LOL!)
Tim Russert (fought it, then testified), Campbell Brown, NBC
Nicholas D. Kristof, David E. Sanger and Judith Miller, The New York Times
Greg Hitt and Paul Gigot, The Wall Street Journal
John Solomon, The Associated Press
Jeff Gannon, Talon News
Ping to #18
I was Googling to see the Wilson/Plame/Judith Miller connection and the minute I saw the article I remembered seeing it months ago.
I humbly bow before you.....
I was pleased to see Jeff note in one comment what I have often pointed out: the CIA has never publicly stated what Plame's actual position was, covert or otherwise.
Also, how I went all this time and never knew Jeff asked Wilson about the memo where his wife recommended him, I don't know---but Gannon got wind of the memo that the Senate Committee has now documented.
Jeff, what do you make of the judge finding reporters in contempt and is it possible, in your opinion, that the focus is not who leaked Plame's name?
Months ago the Newsday leaked a long list of people to be hauled in.
The investigation was not only who told what to Novak. But who talked to Newsday right after the Novak article, who leaked the State Department memo that described Plame suggesting Wilson, and probably more.
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