Chicago Tribune Federal Wiretap Leaker Stands By Blago

When former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich faced media microphones after he was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison, the Chicago reporter who told Blago that the feds were bugging his phones stood beside his man. (Video)  The man to Blago's immediate right wearing glasses, and a dark blue sleeveless sweater over a long sleeve light blue shirt, is Tribune reporter John Chase. Why is that significant? Chase was the reporter who leaked to Blago's inner circle, days before the former governor was arrested by F.B.I. agents on orders from U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's office, that the feds were wiretapping his, Blago's, phone conversations. The transcript of the conversation where Blago learned of the government bugs can be read here. Neither Fitzgerald, who once jailed New York Times reporter Judith Miller for 85 days for not revealing the source of information pertaining to Valerie Plame, nor the Department of Justice, has shown any interest in learning how Chase gained...(Read Full Article)