Blogger and anarchist Josh Wolf, 24, had now spent eight weeks in federal prison for refusing to surrender video he shot of a violent San Francisco protest, reports the city’s Chronicle. The government says Wolf is hindering a federal grand jury investigation into an attack on a police officer who suffered a fractured skull during the July 2005 rally and the attempted burning of his patrol car.
To Wolf and his supporters, he is the latest victim of a Bush administration assault on journalists and is being punished because he won’t help a law enforcement fishing expedition. Wolf says he didn’t even film the crimes in question. But the case features thorny questions: Where the line between journalist and activist is drawn, and whether federal agents are using the investigation as part of a broader attack on the anarchist movement, as Wolf contends. Wolf could be jailed until July, when the term of the grand jury ends.