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The Justice Department is ramping up to start dragging reporters before grand juries to spill their guts about who leaked to them about the NSA wiretaps and other matters. Threatened with long jail terms, the reporters are likely to cave, and so leakers will be going to jail.

Last month and DoJ bagged their first leaker in some time, sending a fellow to Federal prison for 12 years (no parole possible). He leaked to a pro-Israeli lobby group.

And as newspapers editors bemoan the fact that this will send a chill through investigative reporters on the Whitehouse beat, let us remind ourselves where it started: The Plame leak case.

Yes, in their zeal to get Karl Rove the New York Times and Whitehouse press corps demanded a leak investigation and shot thier own feet off in the process. With the Plame case Fitzgerald demonstrated that reporters could be coerced to reveal their sources, and prosecutors everywhere took notice. There will be no stopping them now.

Reporters have no legal or moral right to advance the mainstream media's left wing agenda through the illegal solicitation and publication of classified information. In their zeal to undermine the Administration they have made themselves targets. There are few opportunities in life to enjoy such exquisite poetic justice.
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