I agree with Steve's post about the contempt citations in the Valerie Plame case, especially on why the prosecutor isn't grilling Bob Novak? He's far more central to all of this than Cooper or Russert. I know Novak has a nasty public demeanor, but he doesn't look like he can do hard time in the federal pen. I'm guessing he turned stoolie. But if he did name names, why go after Cooper and Russert? Perhaps the prosecutor is looking for a treason conviction. For that you need two different witnesses to the same act.
In addition, there's been a sham aspect to this whole incident. Since last year, journalists have been running around saying how terrible it is that some member of the Bush of the administration outed Valerie Plame, pretending that they didn't know who did such a terrible thing. But if it was so terrible, why didn't they turn in the culprit? I know that journalists argue that they can't reveal sources, lest whistleblowers stop coming forward. But in this case, don't we want to stop whistleblowers from coming forward? How is the public interest and the cause of press freedom advanced by making it easier to confidentially leak the names of CIA operatives for partisan political reasons?