The Miami Herald has done an investigation into the allegation that their excellent Gitmo reporter, Carol Rosenberg, had sexually harassed a Gitmo officer, Jeffrey Gordon. The investigation concluded that Rosenberg used "unnecessary profanity," but had not harassed her accuser.

In a letter Monday to the Pentagon, Miami Herald Vice President of Human Resources Elissa Vanaver wrote that the newspaper’s internal investigation ‘‘did not find corroboration” for the complaint of sexual harassment and abusive behavior made last month by Cmdr. Jeffrey Gordon.

Herald executives interviewed military officials and journalists from other news outlets, some of whom had witnessed the incidents Gordon cited in his complaint. "We found some inconsistencies in [Gordon’s] version of events," said Miami Herald Executive Editor Anders Gyllenhaal.


The written complaint, which is available on the Internet and has been a hot topic on blogs that follow the Guantánamo story, prompted dozens of people familiar with the sometimes-contentious relationship between Gordon and Rosenberg to contact The Herald in support of Rosenberg, Gyllenhaal said.

"We even heard from generals," he added.

Aside from my, um, solidarity with someone guilty of unnecessary profanity (though I insist that "blowjob" is not a profanity), this conclusion makes me ask the question I asked earlier.

Did Gordon file a complaint about Rosenberg because she’s doing the best reporting from Gitmo?



Marcy Wheeler aka Emptywheel is an American journalist whose reporting specializes in security and civil liberties.