Well, let’s wait and see where this goes:
Gordon, 41, detailed a number of “vile and repulsive comments” he attributed to Rosenberg, stretching back to last summer. In the July 22 letter, Gordon alleges that:
— While watching Sept. 11, 2001, co-defendant Mustafa al-Hawsawi seated on a pillow in court last year, Rosenberg told Gordon: “Have you ever had a red hot poker shoved up your [butt]? Have you ever had a broomstick shoved up your [butt]? . . . How would you know how it feels if it never happened to you? Admit it, you liked it.”
— When Gordon emerged from a shower facility in shorts and a towel last year, Rosenberg said to him and more than a dozen journalists and soldiers nearby: “Seeing him topless in tent city was the most repulsive sight I’ve ever seen in my life. I wanted to vomit.”
— After dealing with a Gordon intern whom she described as “your little chick with the hot pants,” Rosenberg told Gordon, earlier this month, in the presence of others: “I know you’re hot for your interns and bring them down as your ‘companions,’ but seriously, if I’m going to do their work anyway, what purpose do they serve? (Carol knows my intern last year was a male, therefore another inference that I was gay.)”
In addition, the letter alleged, Rosenberg “routinely labeled my colleagues in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Justice Department, as well as her peers in the press, as ‘bitches,’ ‘stupid,’ ‘lazy,’ ‘incompetent,’ ‘Nazis,’ ‘Saddam Hussein-like,’ etc.” Gordon works for Defense Secretary Robert Gates and said he consulted department lawyers in drafting the letter.
One friend, Los Angeles Times reporter Carol Williams, dismissed the letter, saying, “This is an attempt to discredit a journalist who has managed to transcend incredible odds to cover a story of tremendous significance to the American public.”