One Down, One to Go
Time correspondent Matthew Cooper agreed to testify after the U.S. Supreme Court last week rejected his argument that reporters are protected by the Constitution's First Amendment free-press guarantee, AP said. A second reporter, Judith Miller of the New York Times, faces a possible jail sentence....and the New York Times:
Cooper took the podium in the court and told the judge, "Last night I hugged my son good-bye and told him it might be a long time before I see him again."Why did Rove suddenly release Cooper of his commitment to confidentiality? What is he hiding up his sweaty sleeve?
"I went to bed ready to accept the sanctions" for not testifying, Cooper said. But he told the judge that not long before his early afternoon appearance, he had received "in somewhat dramatic fashion" a direct personal communication from his source freeing him from his commitment to keep the source's identity secret.