Thursday, August 05, 2004
Hey, Bob Novak! If the paragons of journalistic integrity over at Fox News can burn a source without the slightest compunction, why oh why can't you?
Federal investigators concluded that Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) divulged classified intercepted messages to the media when he was on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, according to sources familiar with the probe.Today's bonus question: why does the Washington Post run its half-assed Sandy Berger coverage on the front page and bury Richard Shelby on page A17? Best answer wins a copy of Flatter Your Masters for Fun and Profit by Kaplan Educational Services, Inc.
Specifically, Fox News chief political correspondent Carl Cameron confirmed to FBI investigators that Shelby verbally divulged the information to him during a June 19, 2002, interview, minutes after Shelby's committee had been given the information in a classified briefing, according to the sources, who declined to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the case . . . .
The FBI and the U.S. attorney's office pursued the case, and a grand jury was empaneled, but nobody has been charged with any crime. Last month it was revealed that the Justice Department had decided to forgo a criminal prosecution, at least for now, and turned the matter over to the Senate Ethics Committee.
The Justice Department declined to comment on why it was no longer pursuing the matter criminally. The Senate ethics panel also declined to comment on its investigation.