Tuesday, February 15, 2005
The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has affirmed the decision of the United States District Court for the DC Circuit in the matter of Judith Miller and Matthew Cooper, two reporters who refused to disclose the sources who revealed information to them, including that concerning the identity of a C.I.A. agent revealed to be Valerie Plame Wilson, the wife of diplomat Joseph Wilson. The court found that the government had established that "no First Amendment privilege protect[s] the evidence sought. We further conclude that if any...common law privilege exists, it is not absolute, and in this case has been overcome by the filings of the Special Counsel with the District Court." Read the opinion here.