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article imageFeds Want Names, James Risen Subpoenaed To Grand Jury For Novel's Sources

By KJ Mullins     Feb 1, 2008 in Politics
The feds want James Risen to spill the beans on who coughed up the information he used writing a chapter of his 2006 book "State of War". Risen has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury to disclose his sources.
Risen is the latest journalist that the feds have gone after when their journalistic investigations have disclosed sources and hot news that could perhaps show the government in a negative light.
Risen has stated that he will fight the subpoena when he is due to appear before the grand jury in Alexandria, Va. on February 7.
"He has an agreement of confidentiality with his sources and he intends to stand by that in the highest degree of journalistic traditions," attorney David N. Kelley said.
Risen is a journalist at The New York Times. The paper is supporting their reporter.
"strongly supports Mr. Risen and deplores what seems to be a growing trend of government leak investigations focusing on journalists, particularly in the national security area."
James Risen and colleague Eric Lichtblau won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting when they disclosed the Bush administration's wiretapping program.
This is not the first time a New York Times reporter has faced the grand jury. Judith Miller was jailed for almost three months as she refused to identify a confidential source during an investigation into the disclosure of the name of a covert CIA agent. Only after I. Lewis Libby Jr. waived her pledge of confidentially did she reveal that he was the source.
Will Risen be forced to show he has the same commitment to journalistic ethics? We will know on Feb. 7.
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