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Matthew Cooper

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Matthew Cooper is the Time correspondent involved in the outing of Valerie Plame as an undercover CIA operative.

Cooper to Testify

It was reported July 6, 2005, that "Cooper, who has refused in the past to name his sources in highly charged journalism case, told Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan that he had received 'expressed personal consent' to reveal his identity.

"'Consequently I am prepared to testify,' he told the judge. Time had said last week it would give up Cooper's notes that it held." [1]

"Cooper's turnaround came at a hearing at which Hogan was to consider whether to jail Cooper and Miller for defying his order to testify about their confidential sources in the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity." [2]

"Hogan held the reporters in civil contempt of court in October, rejecting their argument that the First Amendment shielded them from revealing their sources. Last month the Supreme Court refused to intervene.

"In court documents filed Tuesday, special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald urged Hogan to take the unusual step of jailing the reporters, saying that may be the only way to get them to talk." [3]

However, Cooper "still won't publicly identify his source in the C-I-A leak case.

"After declaring, 'I have kept my word for two years,' the Time magazine reporter said he will tell a grand jury who in the Bush administration leaked an agent's name. Cooper says the source today gave him 'personal, unambiguous, uncoerced' permission to testify -- but that doesn't extend to revealing the name of the source publicly." [4]

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