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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.

The difference, of course, is that the reporters' sources of information in the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program -- the "leaks" -- were in the classic whistleblower's position of revealing the Bush Administration's illegal acts, and the Plame leak was itself an illegal act of the Bush Administration.

Unfortunately for the NSA whistleblowers, the Bush Administration believes it is the law, and they've succeeded in packing the court with party hacks to back it up.

It's also unlikely that the NSA whistleblowers will receive the get-out-of-jail-free card Karl and Scooter drew when the Vice President remembered that he had unilaterally declassified the Plame information based on an executive order from his sock puppet.

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