September 29, 2004

IN THE SPIRIT OF DURANTY AND MATTHEWS:

TIMESMAN TIPPED OFF TERROR CHARITY: FEDS (CARL CAMPANILE, September 29, 2004, NY Times)

The Justice Department has charged that a veteran New York Times foreign correspondent warned an alleged terror-funding Islamic charity that the FBI was about to raid its office — potentially endangering the lives of federal agents.

The stunning accusation was disclosed yesterday in legal papers related to a lawsuit the Times filed in Manhattan federal court.

The suit seeks to block subpoenas from the Justice Department for phone records of two of its Middle Eastern reporters — Philip Shenon and Judith Miller — as part of a probe to track down the leak.

The Times last night flatly denied the allegation.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald of Chicago charged in court papers that Shenon blew the cover on the Dec. 14, 2001, raid of the Global Relief Foundation — the first charges of their kind under broad new investigatory powers given to the feds under the Patriot Act.

"It has been conclusively established that Global Relief Foundation learned of the search from reporter Philip Shenon of The New York Times," Fitzgerald said in an Aug. 7, 2002, letter to the Times' legal department.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 29, 2004 9:57 AM
Comments

The freedom of the press to get us all killed will not be abridged...

Posted by: M. Murcek at September 29, 2004 1:06 PM

So did Miller get the FBI tip, told Shenon and he told the group, orr was there someone else involved in letting the Times know about the FBI's plans, since I doubt they picked it up on the office emergency band scanner.

Posted by: John at September 29, 2004 2:43 PM

'... an Aug. 7, 2002, letter to the Times' legal department.'

Quick work so far. Shall we turn up the speed a bit?

Posted by: old maltese at September 30, 2004 2:06 AM

Mueller is another bought and paid for Saudi buttboy. We can expect this to be dutifully swept under the rug.

Posted by: Bart at September 30, 2004 8:29 AM
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