New York Times Reporter Jailed
New York Times reporter Judith Miller has been jailed for refusing to divulge confidential sources in the case involving a White House leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s name.
When you think about it, this is quite amazing. Someone in the White House commits the very serious crime of revealing the identity of an undercover CIA agent and a reporter, who didn’t even write the story that exposed Plame, goes to jail. The man who did write the Plame story, Robert Novak, has not been threatened with jail time. Another reporter, Time Magazine’s Matthew Cooper, has avoided jail by agreeing to reveal his sources.
I imagine this all makes sense to the prosecutors and judge, but to us commoners out here, I think the prevailing opinion is, “say what?” How is Novak avoiding jail? And if he did reveal his sources, why does it matter if Miller does or does not? And if Cooper revealed his sources, why doesn’t that get Miller off the hook? What does Miller know that’s different from what Cooper or Novak know? How much corroboration is needed?
And when do we get to the meat of this case—namely, who committed the crime? And will they do the time?
Questions, questions, questions. It’s about time we got some answers.