Whatever Happened to Principles?

I just posted an article to The Watch Alert archive. It talks about the Valerie Plame issue, and the reporters who are being hung out to dry over the leaking of her name. For those who don’t know, Valerie Plame is the wife of former ambassador Joe Wilson, who ran afoul of the Bush Administration by contradicting the White House contention that Saddam Hussein had tried to purchase “yellow cake” from Niger. Shortly afterwards someone in the White House identified Wilson’s wife as an undercover CIA operative; a “dirty trick” with Karl Rove’s fingerprints all over it.

Long story short, this as yet un-named person in the White House revealed Plame’s name and CIA status to Robert Novak, who first reported it in his column. And yet somehow no one in the White House is in trouble, Novak is not in trouble, but two journalists who are only remotely connected to this story are being crucified by special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald, who only seems interested in nailing someone for the crime, guilty or not.

Time magazine then complicated the matter when, after the two journalists had fought revealing their sources for almost two years, Time decided to reveal the sources that Fitzgerald has been seeking; although Fitzgerald already knows who the White House source was and only wants to nail someone somewhere.

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