Josh Wolf, a freelance videographer who refused to cooperate with a federal grand jury investigation, today became the longest incarcerated journalist in modern U.S. history, says the New York Times. Wolf passed Vanessa Leggett, who served 168 days in 2001 and 2002 for refusing to surrender information in a murder case. Wolf, 24, has been in prison since August after refusing to cooperate with a grand jury investigating an anticapitalist protest in 2005 in which a police officer was injured and a squad car was slightly by a small explosive device.
Prosecutors demanded that Wolf give them his raw video, some of which he has posted on www.joshwolf.net, as well as testify about the protesters seen on the tape for an investigation into possible charges, including arson. “This office has issued a lawful subpoena for legitimate investigative purposes,” said a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office. Wolf says he is protecting his sources.