'Times' Reporter To Challenge DOJ Subpoena Jim Risen, a reporter for The New York Times, will ask a court Tuesday to throw out a Justice Department subpoena. Risen says he doesn't want to testify against a CIA agent accused of leaking classified information.
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'Times' Reporter To Challenge Subpoena In Leak Case

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'Times' Reporter To Challenge Subpoena In Leak Case

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'Times' Reporter To Challenge Subpoena In Leak Case

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RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

Today a reporter for the New York Times will ask a court to throw out a subpoena from the Justice Department. He doesn't want to testify against a CIA agent who's accused of leaking classified information. NPR's Carrie Johnson reports on the government's ongoing battle against leaks.

CARRIE JOHNSON: New York Times reporter Jim Risen has a history of digging for government secrets and finding pay dirt. Risen helped expose the government's warrantless wiretapping program. And he ventured into the shadows again to write a history of the CIA in the Bush years. That book has landed him in the Justice Department's cross hairs. Prosecutors say it includes material from a former CIA agent, Jeffrey Sterling. He's getting ready to go to trial for disclosing classified information.

LUCY DALGLISH: My name is Lucy Dalglish. I'm the executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

JOHNSON: Dalglish says she's talked with Jim Risen about the case.

DALGLISH: His stance is, he's not going to identify his confidential sources. Period.

JOHNSON: Carrie Johnson, NPR News, Washington.

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