The Press: Shutting Off the Sources

When Daniel Schorr last month leaked a House committee report on intelligence agency abuses to the Village Voice, a Manhattan weekly, he had no idea it would come to this. The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, commonly known as the ethics committee, last week began its preliminary inquiry into whether the CBS correspondent should be cited for contempt or otherwise disciplined by Congress. The Justice Department was pressing a parallel investigation to see if he had violated federal espionage statutes. CBS suspended Schorr from all reporting duties, and he began spending long hours with his network-paid attorney. As a...

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