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RainDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-01-04 09:54 AM
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56. We also know most of the other journalists
in addition to Novak,

Andrea Mitchell has said she was contacted, as was someone from Time magazine and two reporters for...Newsday, I think it was. I think the sixth "journalist" was Chris Matthews, right? Wasn't he the one who said that he was told that "Plame is fair game.." --by Rove? Or maybe that last one was later.

I think the suggestion of telling another reporter and having that reporter refuse to divulge sources is a great way around the issue, as far as the reporters go...in the instance of Novak, he has become part of the story, not simply a reporter of the story, and he went on to write more articles, naming the company that Plame worked for, even.

The law that currently exists allows a journalist to be exempt from charges if he or she does not consistently name agents. What constitutes "consistently," though? And does it apply to the same agent more than once, or does a journalist have to show a pattern by naming different agents?

But I think the case could also be made that Novak targeted Plame by repeating giving information about her which damaged intelligence operations around the world in the hunt for WMD, and he could at the least be fined for this action to set an example for so-called journalists who think they can do the political bidding of any side and get away with it when it harms national security.

However, I think the solution to this issue is to have the special prosecutor get Karl Rove and Scotter Libby and George Bush to testify under oath about whether or not they know the identity of the person who outed Plame, and if they do, to ask them to name the name.

If they refuse to do this under oath, or if they say that they do not know the name, then the prosecutor can call the journalists and ask them simply if, based upon their knowledge of the source, Rove and Libby are perjuring themselves.

That way they do not have to name names if it is not Rove or Libby, and they are simply testifying as to whether or not they have knowledge of perjury on the part of a witness.

Couldn't that work?

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