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White House gazette Fox News has betrayed to the Feds a high-profile source who exposed intelligence blunders by the National Security Agency (NSA) in dealing with terrorist communications, the Washington Post reports.

According to the story, US Senator Richard Shelby (Republican, Alabama), former Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has been fingered to the Feds for leaking the embarrassing information to the press.

Fox News's Chief Political Correspondent, Carl Cameron, has admitted confirming to the FBI that Senator Shelby disclosed possibly classified information during an interview in June of 2002.

Allegedly, Shelby blew the whistle on two messages intercepted by the NSA just before the 9/11 atrocities, claiming that "tomorrow is zero hour," and "the match is about to begin." Unfortunately, the messages were not translated until after the calamity. Shelby, apparently, thought the public needed to evaluate this information.

Fox's Cameron claimed that FBI agents frightened him with stories that a grand jury subpoena for his testimony was being sought. He caved in to FBI pressure tactics and coughed up his source, rather than endure the hot seat, even though no such subpoena has ever been obtained. The Justice Department has since dropped its case against Shelby, who is now under investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee.

It is not known whether there is any more evidence than the word of a fearless Fox journalist against him. ®

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