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Secrecy and leaks:

If Grand Juries are closed and secret...how does the media know when someone has been subpoenaed and what their testimony will be? I'm referring to Lewinsky case.

Response: Secrecy does not apply to witnesses--they're the only ones with access to grand jury proceedings who are exempt (although, as the Steven Brill story indicated, prosecutors may illegally leak information about grand juries). Consequently, a witness like Lewinsky is free to announce that she has been subpoenaed and what she will say--several of the Clinton-Lewinsky investigation witnesses have done exactly that--she's pretty much leaked it.

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