Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Sloppy and lazy

The BBC picks up the Supreme Court case story I mentioned yesterday. Like The Guardian, it too ignores the role that The New York Times played in encouraging both the appointment of special prosecutor Fitzgerald and the use of his “full powers” to investigate the leak…powers which the Times and its reporter now seek to prevent him from using against them.

The BBC also asserts as fact that the leak was “a federal offence”. As I pointed out yesterday, it is not at all clear that the leak was indeed a violation of law. Even The Guardian pointed out that:
Reports from the investigation have suggested that it has decided that the leak of Ms Plame's identity did not represent a violation of the intelligence identities protection act, and is concentrating instead on the possibility of perjury charges.
More sloppy and lazy reporting from the BBC.


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