Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen won’t be forced to testify as to the sources of his 2006 book State of War, according to Justice Department officials familiar with the situation.
Risen became a target of the Bush Administration after uncovering the NSA wiretapping scandal. At the time, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales raised the possibility of jailing Risen outright for the book.
Though officials weren’t able to do that, they started trying to force Risen to implicate his presumptive source for part of the book, former CIA employee Jeffrey Alexander Sterling. The effort to force Risen to uncover his sources was seen as an administration move to punish Risen for his embarrassing revelations.
The push against Risen continued in the Obama Administration, which has sought to treat whistleblowers more harshly. The Justice Department seems to be convinced now that it can get a conviction on Sterling without Risen naming names, and faced with the embarrassing consequences of jailing a top reporter, seems content to let the matter drop.
2 thoughts on “US Won’t Force NYT Reporter James Risen to Disclose Sources”
Keeping a criminal government in check — More important then killing terrorists
If we were anything but a dictatorship, such tyranny to silence the press would never have even began.
For even though all of mainstream media is pure propaganda, being all owned or funded by the corporate rich, whenever an honest reporter decides to commit career suicide by exposing government corruption, the powers that be must give way or the illusion of a free and honest press would suffer permanent damage.
James Risen, GREAT AMERICAN PATRIOT which is a lot more than I can say for this government.
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