Supreme Court won't hear CIA leak case

June 27, 2005 | Washington -- The Supreme Court rejected appeals Monday from two journalists who have refused to testify before a grand jury about the leak of an undercover CIA officer's identity...

Time magazine's Matthew Cooper and The New York Times' Judith Miller, who filed the appeals, face up to 18 months in jail for refusing to reveal sources as part of an investigation into who divulged the name of CIA officer Valerie Plame...

Plame's name was first made public in 2003 by columnist Robert Novak, who cited unidentified senior Bush administration officials for the information. The column appeared after Plame's husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, wrote a newspaper opinion piece criticizing the Bush administration's claim that Iraq sought uranium in Niger...

Disclosure of an undercover intelligence officer's identity can be a federal crime and a government investigation is in its second year. No charges have been brought.

Cooper reported on Plame, while Miller gathered material for an article about the intelligence officer but never wrote a story.

Might I inquire politely why Robert Novak, a disgusting, sneering, cynical man of extreme wealth who practices the journalistic equivalent of flicking boogers at anyone to the left Grover Norquist is NOT IN PRISON? WHO WAS HIS SOURCE? With whom did he conspire to commit a federal crime?

Why is a journalist who DID NOT WRITE A STORY being hounded for information when a man who WROTE THE STORY NAMING A CIA AGENT is?


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