Break in Plame Investigation – Time Gives In

Last night, I watched the news as Matthew Cooper nervously went before the cameras, with a court appearance pending tomorrow that would most likely determine whether he went immediately to jail for failing to reveal his source on the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. Cooper’™s statement yesterday was unequivocable – he would not [...]

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Last night, I watched the news as Matthew Cooper nervously went before the cameras, with a court appearance pending tomorrow that would most likely determine whether he went immediately to jail for failing to reveal his source on the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. Cooper’™s statement yesterday was unequivocable – he would not reveal the name of the source – BUT, he (shoulders shrugged) had no control over what Time Magazine did with the information. Clearly, his statement was a message to the editors of Time – ‘œCan you get me off the hook? For old times’™ sake?‘

This morning, Time magazine threw Cooper a lifeline:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Time Magazine said on Thursday it would comply with a court order to hand over subpoenaed records to a grand jury in a move that could spare one of its reporters jail over his refusal to reveal confidential sources’¦

So, it’™s starting to break open. While we may not immediately know the identity of the source (indeed, we may never know the source, depending on court seals and gags), we do know now that the Plame investigation will move forward. And that’™s a good thing – not just because it’™s another black eye for BushCo, but because of the true, instead of BushCo faux, national security implications of this entire affair.

Update, 12:40PM: – both David Corn and Atrios get this one wrong, I think. All snark aside, the Plame incident always has and always will be about national security issues. There can be no ‘journalistic privilege’™ in cases such as this one. Both Cooper and Judith Miller have knowledge of the source of a treasonous act that endangered (and still potentially endangers) U.S. interests and covert operatives around the world. What’™s so hard to understand about that?

For cripes sakes, guys, quit giving the wingnuts any cover on this one. Can you imagine how this whole thing would have played if it happened to the Clinton administration??

‘Nuf said.

Thursday, June 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |

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