Nov 17 2005

Pincus In Contempt!

Published by at 8:09 am under All General Discussions,Plame Game

I said yesterday that Pincus would be considered obstructing justice or some such charge for stating he hid Woodward’s knowledge. Well, he is gofeeling more heat in the Wen Ho Lee now that a Federal Judge has declared him in contempt:

A federal judge found Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus in contempt Wednesday, saying the journalist must reveal his government sources for stories about the criminal investigation of nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee.

U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer said that “in order to avoid a repetition of the Judith Miller imbroglio,” Pincus must contact his sources to inform them of the court’s order in case they wish to release him from his pledge of confidentiality.

What I like about this case is Wen Ho Lee is getting his good name back and reminding reporters their inaccuracies and spin are criminal acts against the people of this nation.

Relying on anonymous sources, Pincus and reporters for other news organizations in 1999 identified Lee as the focus of a criminal investigation into the possible theft of nuclear secrets on behalf of China.

Never charged with espionage and eventually allowed to plead guilty to a single count of mishandling computer files, Lee is seeking the identity of the reporters’ sources for his lawsuit against the departments of Energy and Justice. Lee says the government improperly disclosed personal information about him in violation of the Privacy Act.

The Woodward revelations are only going to add to his headaches.

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Pincus In Contempt!”

  1. axiom says:

    Who is fronting the legal bills for Wen Ho Lee?

    The press is really making him pay for what appears to be an attempt to smear an American into accepting responsibility for something they never did.

  2. Larwyn says:

    Pincus again and again sharing the playbill with
    Clinton,Pincus,Wen Ho Lee,Gov.Richardson,Plame/Wilson – Clarice
    Feldman knows how to get out attention. I only wonder
    who nominated these sensible judges?
    Can you still flee to Moscow or will he have to follow Michael
    Jackson to a country w/o an extradition treaty.

    Click here: The American Thinker
    Heraclitus said it first
    November 17th, 2005

    The Greek historian Heraclitus observed, “A man’s character is his fate.” I’ve always found that to be true. I’d go further though. I think it is as applicable to institutions as it is to individuals.

    If I’m right, the end result of the Wilson/Plame hoax – described by Christopher Hitchens Hitchens as “the non-commission of non-crimes and the non-outing of a non-covert CIA bureaucrat” – will be how it has exposed this fact: Our major media have been so hopelessly corrupted by partisanship that, either willingly or through credulousness, they have become little more than an agent of the Democratic Party, utterly unworthy of our trust and damaging to our real national security needs.


    Admit it is a bit hard to choose sides on this one, knowing all the
    technology that China was given and also has stolen from America.

    Pincus must be a very confused cookie on this one – no wonder
    he didn’t hear Woodward.

  3. MerryJ1 says:

    In his book, “My FBI,” Louis Freeh states that Wen Ho Lee “had contacted a suspected spy” and that Lee, a mechanical engineer working on development of nuclear bombs at Los Alamos, “had failed to report a relationship with a key figure in China’s nuclear program.”

    Also, that “he had gone to extraordinary lengths to download, copy, and remove materials from a secure national laboratory: forty hours of work stretching over seventy days;” and that, even after his security clearances were stripped at Los Alamos, “he made attempts to reenter the weapons design area, including a 3:30 A.M. attempt on Christmas Eve of 1998.”

    According to Freeh, there was a rock-solid computer-forensics case against Lee. But there was also a political firestorm, initially caused by the leaks and NY Times headlines, then compounded by the legal defense team’s allegations of ‘ethnic persecution’ and protests by Asian-American groups.

    Janet Reno pulled the plug on a prosecution, accepting a Guilty plea to a relatively minor charge of “mishandling classified documents.”

    Reno also turned thumbs down on Freeh’s request to “convene a grand jury and drag before it everyone who had been in a position to leak the Wen Ho Lee story to the NY Times.” Go figure.

    There was a 59-count indictment returned against Lee, with Freeh’s “great support.” The case was not scuttled for lack of validity, it was tossed out for political expediency.