Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Rights aren't Rights

... unless they're protected.


The two reporters face up to 18 months in jail for contempt of court
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US court shuns reporters' appeal

The US Supreme Court has refused to take up the case of two journalists who would not reveal their sources in a leak probe involving a CIA agent.

Judith Miller of the New York Times and Matthew Cooper of Time face up to 18 months in jail for contempt of court.

The two journalists, their employers and rights groups said they were dismayed by the court's decision.

US government officials leaked Valerie Plame's name in 2003 during a row over evidence used to justify war in Iraq.

Her husband, former ambassador Joe Wilson, claimed it was in retaliation for his public contradiction of President George Bush's claims in his 2003 State of the Union address that Iraq had sought to buy uranium in Niger.

The leak - a federal offence - was made to veteran newspaper columnist Robert Novak, who cited senior Bush administration officials.

Ms Miller and Mr Cooper investigated the Plame story, but were not involved in the leaking of her identity.

They chose not to co-operate with a grand jury inquiry into the leak, claiming they should not have to reveal their sources because of press freedoms guaranteed in the US Constitution.

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