Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Time Reporter Decides to Testify

From the AP:
WASHINGTON - Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper agreed Wednesday to testify about his sources in a government leak of a
CIA agent's identity, a dramatic about-face which came as he faced going to jail.

"I am prepared to testify. I will comply" with the court's order, Cooper told U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan.

Cooper's turnaround came at a hearing at which Hogan was to consider whether to jail Cooper and New York Times reporter Judith Miller for defying his order to testify about their confidential sources in the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity.
Looks like Cooper will be leaving journalism. Anonymous leakers will avoid him like the plague. No word on Miller.

UPDATE: Looks like I was wrong. Cooper told the judge that his source released him from his confidentiality agreement at the last minute. So it looks like Cooper comes off even better than Miller. He gets fame and exposure, probably will get a book. And doesn't have to go to jail like she does.