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I’m actually interested in this.

Time agrees to name confidential sources Magazine editor cites ‘duties under the law’ as reason

I’ve read that the list of people that know the names of undercover spies is a very short list.  The list is supposedly only 10-15 people deep.  This list includes the president and his top advisors.  The unmasking of the agent was supposedly in retaliation for the husband of the spy making statements that the White House didn’t like.  This isn’t a good idea that confidential sources are now not protected.  Just think if “Deep Throat” had been unmasked thirty years ago.

Time magazine has agreed to surrender confidential documents demanded by a Washington special prosecutor, despite objections from the reporter who faced up to four months in jail for not complying with the court order.

Norman Pearlstine, editor in chief of Time Inc., said the magazine would turn over information relating to the unmasking of a covert CIA operative. Pearlstine said the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reject Time’s effort to overturn a lower court order demanding the information “will have a chilling effect on our work.’’

Nonetheless, the company’s “duties under the law” require it to comply with the court order, Pearlstine said in a statement.

“The same Constitution that protects the freedom of the press requires obedience to final decisions of the courts and respect for their rulings and judgments,’’ he said. “That Time Inc. strongly disagrees with the courts provides no immunity.’’

Time’s decision to break ranks with the New York Times and cooperate with the courts will put more pressure on other media companies dealing with the growing refusal of courts and prosecutors to recognize any right to keep a reporter’s sources secret, industry analysts said.

Posted by SPN on 07/01 at 09:43 AM in Blogging

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