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Thursday, August 19, 2004

NY Times' Gets 2 More Subpoenas in Plame Case

The New York Times has received two more subpoenas from prosecutors investigating who leaked the identity of former CIA officer Valerie Plame to the press, E&P has learned.
  The subpoenas, one for reporter Judith Miller and one for the Times, seek documents and other records related to the paper's reporting on Plame. Miller received a previous subpoena on Aug. 11 compelling her to testify before a federal grand jury investigating the case. The two latest subpoenas arrived over the weekend.
  "We now have a total of three subpoenas," Times spokeswoman Catherine Mathis said today. "We will either have to comply or file a motion to quash by Aug. 20. The Times will move to quash."
  The subpoenas are the latest in a string of actions taken in recent weeks against journalists by Special Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald, who is leading the investigation into the Plame identity leak.
  In another case, Times reporters James Risen and Jeff Gerth are expected to find out on Wednesday if they will be held in contempt for failing to disclose sources related to coverage of Wen Ho Lee, the former Los Alamos scientist who is suing the federal government for alleged violations of his right to privacy. Risen and Gerth are among several reporters whom Lee's attorneys are asking to be held in contempt. Federal District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson is expected to rule on their request Wednesday.
  In the Plame case, Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus received a subpoena last week, which Post editors plan to seek to quash, while Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper was held in contempt on Aug. 9 by a federal judge for refusing to name government officials who leaked Plame's identity.
  The Plame investigation stems from a July 14, 2003, column by syndicated columnist Robert Novak that revealed Plame, who is married to a former diplomat, was a CIA officer. Fitzgerald was appointed to track down how the information was leaked.
  Novak has not said if he has received a subpoena in the investigation, but federal investigators have already interviewed Glenn Kessler, another Post reporter, and NBC commentator Tim Russert.
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why aren't they subpoena-ing novak? he's the one broke the story, right? and i must say, it's about FUCKING time on the gerth/risen investigation.

Wen Ho Lee Reporters Fined $500-Per-Day for Contempt

more justice served.

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