D. Information and/or identity of source

The Statute specifically protects the identity of a source. United States v. Lloyd, 71 F.3d 1256 (7th Cir. 1995), cert. denied, 116 S.Ct. 2511 (1996); Warnell v. Ford Motor Co., 183 F.R.D. 624, 626 (N.D. Ill. 1998). It also protects information that implicitly identifies a source of information. For example, in FMC Corp v. Capial Cities/ABC Inc., 915 F.2d 300 (7th Cir. 1990), ABC broadcast a story about the pricing policies of a Defense Department contractor, FMC Corp., displaying copies of documents from FMC's files. FMC asserted that the original documents were missing from its files and sued for conversion. ABC refused to return the documents or show them to the plaintiff, asserting that doing so would violate its First Amendment rights and the Statute. The Seventh Circuit held that ABC would have to return any originals that it possessed, and that it would have to provide FMC with copies of documents that FMC no longer possessed. The court held that under the Statute, ABC could furnish the information to FMC in a manner designed to protect any of ABC's sources.