U.S. grand jury subpoenas two journalists

May 23, 2004|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON - A federal grand jury has subpoenaed at least two journalists, Tim Russert of NBC's Meet the Press and Michael Cooper of Time magazine, to testify about whether the Bush White House leaked the identity of an undercover CIA officer to the news media.

Lawyers for both NBC and Time said they would fight the subpoenas. NBC said a subpoena could have a "chilling effect" on its ability to report the news. In a statement, Neal Shapiro, the network's president, said, "Sources will simply stop speaking with the press if they fear those conversations will become public."

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