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.