CNN got the scoop on Manuel Noriega's taped phone calls but no longer has an exclusive on the story.

U.S. District Judge William Hoeveler ruled Tuesday that transcripts of the tapes will be made public Thursday unless CNN appeals.He ruled in favor of four news organizations that had argued the transcripts were part of the public record and that the public had a right to know the facts behind a case that had tested the limits of freedom of the press.

CNN had sought to retain exclusive use of the tapes, accusing the other news organizations of trying to steal their story.