Risen files opposition to motion to expand his testimony

J.C. Derrick | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | September 15, 2011
September 15, 2011

A New York Times reporter and an alleged CIA leaker fired back in court on Wednesday at the prosecution's request that a federal judge reconsider her decision to protect the reporter from disclosing his confidential source in court.

Both James Risen and Jeffrey Sterling believe further review of the issue is not necessary and filed documents opposing the prosecution's motion for "clarification and reconsideration" of the judge's prior order, which largely quashed a subpoena for Risen's testimony.

Reporters Committee exec director warns of chilling effect as government tracks reporters' sources without subpoenas

Press Release | September 12, 2011
September 12, 2011

Federal subpoenas of reporters could wane as the administration finds other ways to track down their confidential sources, writes Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Executive Director Lucy Dalglish in the latest edition of The News Media & The Law.

Judge explains decision to quash Risen subpoena

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