Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Let us imagine that you are Eric Lichtblau, a reporter of some renown for the New York Times, mentioned by name in a very long piece in Commentary, rather disconcertingly entitleed "Has the New York Times Violated the Espionage Act?". Immediately after reading the article you do some research and find that TITLE 18 PART I CHAPTER 37 § 798 carries a sentence of ten years - and worse yet seems to fit your situation rather closely. Your mind drifts to some unsettling images and you begin having some difficulty in obtaining a good night's rest.
It would be reasonable under such circumstances for your work to suffer, let us be charitable, somewhat more than slightly. Your mind may be concentrated but you appear to have forgotten that it is the truth that sets one free. Another lie printed in The New York Times is unlikely to be of much help.
Ten years isn't a long time, Eric, and some very close relationships have flowered in prisons, so try and keep an open mind.
(ht PW where Jeff has his usual interesting take on the matter.
Posted by Rick Ballard at 8:05 PM