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Time to Turn Over Documents Regarding CIA Leak


Time magazine says it will comply with a court order to hand-over confidential notes that might reveal who leaked the identity of a covert CIA operative to the press.

The move Thursday came after a federal judge said reporters Matthew Cooper of Time and Judith Miller of the New York Times had one more week to reveal their sources, or face jail time.

The judge also threatened Time magazine with a hefty fine. The magazine's editor in chief, Norman Pearlstine, told CNN he felt there was no choice but to comply.

The two reporters were looking into who exposed undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame. Newspaper columnist Robert Novak published her name in 2003 citing as sources two senior Bush administration officials. Exposing a CIA agent is a federal crime.

Reporters Cooper and Miller had already been held in contempt of court for refusing to divulge their sources.

The CIA officer's husband, former U.S. Ambassador Joe Wilson, said her name was leaked by White House officials in retaliation for his criticism of President Bush.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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