Thursday, June 30, 2005

Time to Hand Over Plame Documents

Time magazine has stated that it will hand over the documents sought in the investigation into who leaked the name of Valerie Plame to Bob Novak in retaliation for her husband's role in being a whistleblower on the Bush Administration's claims that Saddam was trying to import yellow cake from Niger.

Since this is all part of a grand jury investigation, don't expect to find out the name of the informant anytime soon. Grand jury investigations remain secret.

Time Inc says will hand over papers in Plame case


Sigmund, Carl and Alfred said...

Crap. They shouldn't have to turn over a thing, unless it is a matter of life or death, that kind of thing.

As revolting as the MSM may be at times, I am of the belief they will self correct and return to doing the right thing. That isn't to say that in the meantime we can't hold their feet to the fire, but in the end, we do benefit from a free press.

I hate to see them stripped down.

Boomr said...

Again, SC&A, the freedom of the press is intended to protect innocents from retaliation by those who are the subjects of the medial exposure; it is not intended to protect those who actively violate the law.

You clearly wouldn't be screaming "freedom of the press" if a media outlet decided to release a detailed story of future planned troop movements in Iraq or Afghanistan, so why would you protect them for disclosing the name of a COVERT intelligence agent? I think both situations involve "matters of life and death."

I think the name of the leak should be identified, and that the leaker and the reporters should be charged with crimes as far as the law will allow.

Sigmund, Carl and Alfred said...

Actually, my opinion is quite clear- if they screw up, they need to be held accountable.

Dingo said...

I am going to agree with Boomr on this one (obviously). If the reporters are allowed to shield the sources that are using them to commit a crime, and there is no legal remedy to force the reporters to disclose the source when there is a crime being committed, then this will become common place political "leak" warfare.

This is no different that attorney-client privilege. There is a limit to what can be protected under privilege. The privilege cannot be absolute for reporters either.