Friday, July 16, 2004
This week, The New York Times and its columnist, Nicholas Kristof, were slapped with defamation lawsuits by Steven J. Hatfill, the former government scientist once named a "person of interest" in the FBI's investigation of the anthrax attacks. He was never charged, but did feature prominently in several of Kristof's columns, thinly disguised as "Mr. Z." Who gave Kristof the information? Two years ago, when Hatfill first defended himself in public, Brooke filed this report on the law enforcement tactic of intentionally leaking information to the media.