Friday, November 04, 2005
NM - A divided federal appeals court has rejected four journalists' appeal of a judge's order that they testify about confidential sources for nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee's lawsuit against the government.I t's the second time the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit refused the appeal.
The reporters have been held in contempt of court for refusing to identify their sources for stories about Lee, a former scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
These thefts were serious and are a major blow to US security.
Of course, if this had been Los Alamos, it would be front page news.
Since it involved a private contractor, I doubt we'll be seeing any Congressional investigations unless the contractors forgot to send in their monthly campaign contribution checks to Congress.
Meanwhile, Richardson's presidential chances are about to go bye-bye, as he is finally fingered as the illegal leaker who gave the press the name of Wen Ho Lee. Will he leave office, like Treasurer Vigil, after he has been indicted?