September 29, 2004

Charge: New York Times Reporter Tipped Off Islamic "Charity" Just Before FBI Raid
— Ace

Not anti-war, just on the other side?:

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.

Hold off-- it's not Judith Miller, as the article makes clear, shortly.

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.

...

"I would posit that the circumstances here — the decision by the reporter to provide a tip to the subject of a terrorist fund-raising inquiry which seriously compromised the integrity of the investigation and potentially endangered the safety of federal law-enforcement personnel — warrant such cooperation in full," Fitzgerald said.

The Times, and Shenon's lawyer, deny the charge.

And yet they're none to willing to disclose the evidence that might exculpate him.

Can I ask a question?

What the hell does the press think it's doing?

Update: Mark from Rational Explications points out that TimesWatch has a nice digest of Philip Shenon's oevure. ("Oevure" is French for "partisan hatchet-jobs.")

Sweet Irony Update: I don't understand how this is all connected, but the prosecutor here seems to be the same man working on the Valerie Plame case.

Of course, the New York Times, which wants Fitzgerald to dig like there's no tomorrow on the Plame matter, seeks special special protections for itself in court.

That last link thanks to Michelle Malkin.

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4 TimesWatch is all over this scumbag:

http://www.timeswatch.org/topicindex/S/shenon_philip/welcome.asp

Posted by: Mark at September 29, 2004 10:17 AM (C54d0)

5 Ace-

Was that wrong? Should Shenon not have done that? If anyone had told him when he started working here at the NYT that that kind of thing was frowned upon...

Cheers,
Dave

Posted by: Dave at Garfield Ridge at September 29, 2004 10:27 AM (rV7Dk)

6 Ace,

More irony.

The NY Times (Shenon) is being represented by...

Judge Kenneth W. Starr (via The Corner)

Is this a great country, or what?

Posted by: MeTooThen at September 29, 2004 12:08 PM (KbrnN)

7 Your attempted assault on the Times forgets the old fashioned notion that a paper and/or reportrer does not reveal his sources to satisfy your blog

Posted by: freddie poo at September 29, 2004 12:44 PM (ptQxU)

8 The question isn't Shenon's "sources." We don't care about who told him what; we want to know what he told to a long-suspected terrorist-funding front organization.

I don't know of any right of the press to obstruct justice and tip off terrorist fronts.

Do you?

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2004 12:51 PM (RGQgo)

9 freddie poo

..."A call from Mr. Shenon to the charity on the evening of Dec. 13, 2001, the day before the planned raid, "resulted in the destruction and removal of information," according to a letter from James B. Comey, the deputy attorney general, to lawyers for The Times on Thursday."

Query: And what does this have to do with a reporter revealing his sources?

Answer: Nothing.

In another report (can't find the link at the moment), it is alleged that not only did the tip-off result in destruction and removal of information, but also jeapordized the safety of federal agents.

Mr. Shenon's phone records have been asked for but he so has refused to comply. The federal government has now sought to obtain those records from a "third source" (I suspect this is the phone company). It is at this point the NY Times stepped in on behalf of their employee and his, as well as their phone records.

Judge Starr is a superb legal mind. The NYT knew who to go to when the shit hit the fan.

Posted by: MeTooThen at September 29, 2004 01:46 PM (XU+m/)

10 This reporter can't be that stupid, can he?

Posted by: LB at September 29, 2004 03:20 PM (ybj3R)

11 LB: why assume stupidity? The question should be, "this reporter can't be that evil, can he?"

Personally I hope he gets ten years.

Posted by: David Gillies at September 29, 2004 03:34 PM (wA91W)

12 I think it's more stupidity/lack of care for security than truly nefarious motives. You'll see what I mean when I post.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2004 04:05 PM (RGQgo)

13 Did you catch that? Ace, a "must read"!! And from Michelle no less!

Well, we all knew that already, y'all.

Posted by: kobekko at September 29, 2004 06:27 PM (RdD/a)

14 When I read "It has been conclusively established that Global Relief Foundation learned of the search from reporter Philip Shenon...," I immediately think - wiretap.

The search of his (and Miller's) phone records would indicate that Fitzgerald is pursuing the leaker. It's hard to see how this relates to the Plame leak. Are these two separate cases, or one?

Posted by: lyle at September 30, 2004 02:56 AM (hCOcd)

15 i have no sympathy for anyone that supports terrorist

Posted by: grumpyone61952 at September 30, 2004 08:31 PM (9beXO)

16 So how exactly did Shenon get the info. to give to the Global Relief Foundation? Are we to assume that someone from the FBI leaked it? Isn't that an incredibly important question?

Posted by: Alice at October 01, 2004 07:47 AM (Pdkqm)

17 I guess some commenters here think it's no big deal if someone in the FBI leaks this kind of information? I expect a NY Times reporter to behave like an ass and to have no interest in protecting me. I was living under the illusion that I could expect more than that from an FBI employee and that tracking down that scum is equally important.

Posted by: Alice at October 01, 2004 07:54 AM (Pdkqm)

18 Oh, and let him go to jail for refusing to reveal his source. I think the 'defending one's source' argument ceases to hold water when one uses the information to interfere with an FBI raid.

Posted by: Alice at October 01, 2004 07:57 AM (Pdkqm)

19 Has Kerry been excommunicated by the Vatican? Catholic World News seems to think he might have been.
http://www.cwnews.com/news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=32830

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