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Word From Islamabad: Leave Those Journalists Alone!

Rich, I have received important but, alas, confidential e-mails from the MIddle East and South Asia reliably informing me that ordinary people were hurling their plates of baba ganoush to the ground upon hearing that Newsweek’s Mike Isikoff was getting heat from the White House — and that there was great wailing and weeping and gnashing of teeth in mosques all over the Gulf at the idea that Newsweek’s Mark Whitaker’s job might be in jeopardy. “Allahu Akbar!” they are shouting. “Is it not bad enough that Matthew Cooper of Time Magazine is facing jail time in the Valerie Plame case? By the beard of the Prophet, this administration’s treatment of reporters is inflaming my tensions!”

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