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Friday, August 20, 2004

I am shocked -- shocked! -- that Walter Shapiro doesn't get what's really going on in Fitzgerald v. Media, i.e. the Plame grand jury investigation.

Whoever leaked the name to Cooper, Novak and the rest, is not a 'source' in any reasonable use of the word. The leak was not simply information, it was an invitation to join in a criminal act. Novak accepted the invite. Cooper, to his credit, did not, but is now helping to cover up the crime with his silence.

If someone in the White House had called up some media types and said, "Hey, I'm gonna go set fire to Joe Wilson's house. Wanna come? Don't forget to bring a can of gasoline!", would Cooper still be trying to hide behind the 'protecting his sources' excuse?

The only difference is, of course, that it wasn't Wilson's house that was damaged -- it was our national security interests.

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