Prosecutor says New York Times should release reporters' records
A federal judge is considering whether the government should have access to telephone records of two New York Times reporters who used confidential sources in articles about Islamic charities. Yesterday, a prosecutor argued the government needs the documents to determine who leaked national security information. He claims a Times reporter essentially warned two Islamic charities of federal raids by calling them for comments following the September Eleventh attacks. However, a lawyer for the two journalists says that forcing them to hand over the records would compromise their ability to uncover important stories.