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Friday, July 6, 2007

Steven Hatfill Seeks Source Names; Journalists Resist

Steven J. Hatfill, identified as a "person of interest" during the anthrax scare of 2001, is now seeking the names of sources that he says leaked information about the 2001 anthrax attacks to the media, and he has gone to the courts to obtain that information. As part of a lawsuit filed against the Department of Justice, Dr. Hatfill now wants journalists working for ABC News, the Washington Post and Newsweek to disgorge those names. The reporters say the First Amendment protects them from having to divulge the identities of their informants. Judge Reggie B. Walton, who oversaw the Lewis B. Libby trial, is also overseeing this one. Read more here in an AP story.

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