Friday, September 10, 2004

We've Got to Stop Meeting Like This 

Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor who has subpoenaed several journalists in the Valerie Plame case, is now demanding to see the telephone records of two New York Times reporters in a second, apparently unrelated investigation. See if you can guess who made it onto Fitzgerald's shitlist twice in a row:
Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald, who is also acting as a special prosecutor in the CIA leak probe, informed the Times by letter last week that his office has subpoenaed telephone company records. The move is part of an effort to determine whether anyone in the government told Times reporters of planned federal asset seizures in December 2001 at the offices of an Islamic charity suspected of providing funding to al Qaeda, according to several sources familiar with the case.

The FBI believes that a call from a reporter to a representative of the charity, the Illinois-based Global Relief Foundation, may have led to the destruction of documents there the night before the government's raid, according to findings by the Sept. 11 commission.

The subpoena seeks the phone records of two Times reporters, Philip Shenon and Judith Miller, according to the sources. Officials at the Times and in Fitzgerald's office refused to comment.
You will recall that, in the runup to the Iraq war, when convicted con man and alleged Iranian spy Ahmed Chalabi needed a credulous, unethical shill to recycle the appalling lies that would soon lead to billions squandered and thousands killed, Ms. Miller was only too eager to volunteer for the task.

Our only question about the Global Relief case: is Grover Norquist involved? And if not, is it too late to get him involved?

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