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More Subpoenas for Reporters?

By on 11.8.05 | 2:19PM

Dana Priest may wish she had never written the "black sites" story last Wednesday. The revelation of that information has real world consequences for American and Allied personnel overseas, as well as for the innocent citizens of those nations whose governments are cooperating with the U.S. in the War on Terror. Think a federal judge is going to quash a subpoena and give her a pass knowing full well that the story could be all al Qaeda needs to target a bunch of innocent Thai citizens? Considering recent precedent, do you think DOJ will be able to stop a prosecutor from seeking a media subpoena in such an investigation?

If the Justice Department investigates the leak -- and judging by the highly classified nature of the information, DOJ will have no choice but to launch an investigation -- then Dana Priest is either going to be doing the full Judy Miller or coughing up a source to avoid an extended stay at the Jailhouse B&B (okay, Judy did both). Stay tuned...

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