June 30, 2005
To: The Staff of Time Inc.
I decided today that Time Inc. will comply with a court order requiring it to deliver subpoenaed records to a Special Prosecutor and grand jury investigating the Valerie Plame matter. I made the decision after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a federal court order requiring production of the documents in a case involving Time’s White House correspondent, Matt Cooper.
Agreeing to hand over the subpoenaed records represents the most difficult decision I have made in more than 36 years in the news business. Given the seriousness of my decision for journalists at Time Inc. and throughout our profession, I am sending you a copy of the announcement we made earlier this morning.
I believe that most of you know the origins of this case. If not, you may want to read or reread the letter I sent to the readers of Time and Fortune last month, after we asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review lower court decisions which held Matt, Time Inc. and Judith Miller, a reporter for The New York Times, (but not the NYT itself) in contempt. A copy of that letter to readers is attached to this memo.
Should you have questions or comments, please send them to me by e-mail. I shall do my best to respond to them in a timely fashion.
Thanks and best regards,
Editor in Chief
July 6, 2005
To: Time Inc. Staff
Today, after being personally and directly contacted by his confidential source, Time White House correspondent Matt Cooper agreed to testify before the grand jury investigating the disclosure of the identity of a CIA operative. This means Judge Hogan of the Federal District Court has vacated the contempt citation and Matt will not be ordered to serve a jail sentence.
Here is Time Inc.’s statement on today’s development:
As we said before today’s hearing, Time Inc. respects Matt Cooper’s right to make his own decision in this important legal matter. But by personally and directly releasing Matt from his obligation to confidentiality, his source has made the decision for Matt to testify a simple one, as other journalists have already testified in this case after being released by their sources.