Paranoia stikes deep
Okay, so can anybody tell me why Judith Miller of the New York Times and Matthew Cooper of Time magazine are being prosecuted for refusing to reveal their sources, over a piece of information that was only actually published in the column of a third person, Robert Novak, who is NOT being prosecuted?
Other than the no doubt completely unrelated fact that Novak is a conservative columnist.
And the equally unrelated fact that the person whose name was leaked to these three individuals, an active CIA operative, happened to be married to Joseph Wilson, former ambassador to Iraq and an outspoken critic of the Bush administration.
You dis us, your wife gets put in the cross-hairs?
I generally have little time for conspiracy theories (although I will admit that the Mel Gibson movie of that name is a favorite, and I even like Julia Roberts in it, a little) mostly because it requires a belief that any group of maniacs is organized enough to further their cause. I even laugh (most of the time) at the threat posed by the CIA in our lives, remembering all too well that this is the department that decided to deal with the Castro problem with a box of exploding cigars.
Still, something is going on in and around my country’s capital that smells downright rotten, and if even I–probably in the bottom five percent of the country when it comes to current events–am catching the occasional whiff of it, it must be pretty rank indeed.