Iraq, Afghan War Reporter Said to Be a Spy

... or so Gawker thinks
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2009 3:45 AM CDT
Iraq, Afghan War Reporter Said to Be a Spy
A US solider stands guard on an Afghan road. Military intelligence is being aided by a journalist spy, according to sources.    (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

(Newser) – A war correspondent whose rescues in the Mideast have cost several lives is a spy for Washington, Gawker claims, declining to name names or reveal, for "blazingly obvious reasons," the sources for this report, except to say that they are current and former special forces troops. "We don't do that for just journalists," said one of a recent rescue of the mystery reporter. "It's widely known that he is intelligence." It's not clear if his newspaper bosses are aware of his dual job.

"One would assume his editors are curious as to why he gets extra care and attention from highly trained men with guns when he's in trouble," notes Gawker. The web gossip site asks any journalist to report in immediately if they notice a colleague driving an Aston Martin or rappelling "through a window to get to his desk." (Read more Iraq stories.)

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