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Washington Post Reporter Held in Contempt in Wen Ho Lee Case

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A Washington Post reporter who declined to reveal the source of information about the investigation of nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee has been found in contempt by U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer. Lee is suing the government for violating his privacy and says knowing the reporter’s source is critical to his claim. The judge imposed a $500-a-day fine on the reporter, Walter Pincus, but no jail time. She also gave him 48-hours to persuade his source to be identified. (11/17/05)