Friday, January 24, 2003

Who smeared Scott Ritter? Good interview with former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter on the website of WRGB-TV (Channel 6) in Albany, New York. (I found the link through's "Best of the Web," which is enjoying Ritter's torment.)

In the past few days we've learned that, in June 2001, Ritter was arrested at a Burger King and apparently charged with attempting to arrange a sexual encounter with an underage girl he'd met on the Internet. According to Ritter, the charges were dropped and the record of the case was sealed. But that didn't stop someone from leaking the information at a particularly inopportune time.

Here are a couple of key exchanges with WRGB's Darcy Wells:

Q: Do you think this was an attempt to silence you?

A: Again, I don't want to get into that. I think that's a question that maybe you journalists should delve into more.


Q: Who do you think leaked this information?

A: I don't know, but whoever did should be held accountable. I mean, I'm held accountable to the rule of law. I was called forward. I stood before a judge.

There has still barely been a word about this in the national media. But the fact remains that someone leaked sealed court documents about a leading (if misleading) critic of the White House's Iraq policy on the eve of a likely military invasion. Is anyone in the media going to get to the bottom of this?

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