Mr. Farber, now retired, recalled the efforts he and the paper had made to protect his notes.So why didn't Cooper take similar precautions? It's probably irrelevant, because Time Inc. could still turn over phone records and e-mails, over which Cooper has not control, that would help the prosecutors find out who he'd been talking to. But still, if Cooper had the notes in his possession and at some point handed them over to his bosses, it would indicate that this is either an act of extraordinary treachery on Time Inc.'s part--"Why don't you let us have those, Matt? No! We'd never hand them over, we promise"--or a case of setting up Time Inc. ahead of time as the fall guy--"We should have those notes so that we can be the ones to buckle and keep you out of jail if it comes to that, Matt."
"The Times, at my request, I think it was, relinquished control of the notes to me," he said. "I took responsibility for protecting them, and I did protect them. I divied them up and hid them all over the region in a variety of places."