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Judge explains decision to quash Risen subpoena

Clara Hogan | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | August 4, 2011
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August 4, 2011

New York Times reporter James Risen will not need to reveal his confidential source in the leak trial of a former CIA officer because the U.S. government failed to show a compelling interest in his testimony and an inability to find the information elsewhere, a federal judge said in an opinion made public Wednesday.

Times reporter won't have to reveal confidential source

Clara Hogan | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | August 1, 2011
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August 1, 2011

A New York Times reporter will not have to reveal a confidential source when he testifies in the trial of a former CIA employee accused of leaking classified information, a federal judge ruled late last week regarding one of the highest-profile journalist subpoenas in recent years.

Federal judge hears arguments in Risen subpoena case

Clara Hogan | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | July 7, 2011
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July 7, 2011

A federal judge in Virginia heard arguments this morning about whether a New York Times reporter’s testimony is necessary for the U.S. government’s criminal leak case against former CIA employee Jeffrey Sterling.

New York Times reporter asks judge to quash subpoena

Clara Hogan | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | June 22, 2011
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June 22, 2011

New York Times investigative reporter James Risen officially asked a federal judge yesterday to quash a government-issued subpoena for his testimony about a confidential source in the criminal trial of a former CIA official accused of leaking classified information.

Drake takes plea deal in leak case

Clara Hogan | Secret Courts | Feature | June 10, 2011
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June 10, 2011

Former National Security Agency official Thomas Drake pleaded guilty to a dramatically lower charge on Friday – the 10 felony charges against him were thrown-out -- in the highly publicized leak case that was set to go to trial Monday in the U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

New York Times reporter subpoenaed by U.S. government

Clara Hogan | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | May 24, 2011
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May 24, 2011

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a subpoena yesterday for the testimony of a New York Times reporter in the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA operations officer accused of leaking classified information, highlighting a trend of government attempts to use journalists’ testimony in cases against government employees who reveal government information in exchange for anonymity.

Whistleblowers not protected for leaks to the media

Kacey Deamer | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | May 4, 2011
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May 4, 2011

A district court decision that disclosing information about fraud or securities violations to the media is not protected under the whistleblower provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act was affirmed on Tuesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco (9th Cir.), sitting in Seattle.

Privacy Act suit based on leak to Detroit reporter dismissed

Lyndsey Wajert | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | March 25, 2011
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March 25, 2011

A federal judge ended a lengthy legal battle that centered around a reporter's confidential sources yesterday when he dismissed a former federal prosecutor’s lawsuit against the Department of Justice.

Security system failures enabled Defense Dept. breach

Kacey Deamer | Freedom of Information | Feature | March 11, 2011
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March 11, 2011

Failures in the security system set up to protect the U.S. Department of Defense's central database of classified and secret information enabled the alleged leaking to WikiLeaks of classified information by Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, witnesses said during a U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing Thursday.

Former CIA officer indicted for leaks to reporter

Peter Haldis | Newsgathering | Feature | January 7, 2011
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January 7, 2011

A former CIA officer was indicted last month for allegedly providing a New York Times reporter with classified information. He is the latest in a string of leakers prosecuted by the Obama administration.

Jeffrey Sterling, 43, of O’Fallon, Mo., was indicted on 10 counts, including six counts of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information and one count of obstruction of justice. He was arrested Thursday in St. Louis.