Yesterday I linked to a New York Times article saying that the Defense Department blew a July 23 deadline to cough up Abu Ghraib images to a federal judge. Now the Times has issued a correction, saying:
The government was given until Friday to black out some identifying details in the material, not to release it. Defense Department lawyers met that deadline, but asked the court to block the public release of the materials. They did not refuse to cooperate with an order for the materials' release.
So now, if I understand things correctly (always a longshot), the decision over whether we'll ever see the images belongs to the judiciary, not the Executive Branch. Thanks to reader Patrick Reagan for the heads-up.