The source?s confidence that we will not divulge his identity is crucial to his or her readiness to come to us with allegations of fraud or abuse or other wrongdoing or even a dissenting view about government policy or business practices that the American people may need to know.
I did not go to jail to protect wrongdoing. I did not go to jail to get a large book contract or to martyr myself. Anyone who thinks I would spend 85 days in jail as a canny career move knows nothing about jail and nothing about me.
I recall that Mr. Libby was displeased with what he described as 'selective leaking' by the CIA. He told me that the agency was engaged in a 'hedging strategy' to protect itself in case no weapons were found in Iraq.
I served 85 days in jail because of my belief in the importance of upholding the confidential relationship journalists have with their sources, ... Believe me, I did not want to be in jail. But I would have stayed even longer.
I'm sure I did many things that were not completely perfect in the eyes of either First Amendment absolutists or those who wrote every day saying, 'Testify, testify, you're covering up for these people,
[The Times report said the newspaper's reputation has suffered.] Neither The Times nor its cause has emerged unbruised. ... Even as the paper asked for the public's support, it was unable to answer its questions. ... The entire thing.