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Journalist Wages Legal Battle to Protect His Source


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James Risen speaks during a taping of "Meet the Press" in 2006.
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James Risen speaks during a taping of "Meet the Press" in 2006.

Since 2008, New York Times reporter James Risen has refused to testify in the espionage case of a former CIA official accused of leaking information, saying he has the right to protect his sources. Risen faces jail time after a federal appeals court ruled against him, and he now hopes to take his case -- and the issue of a journalist's First Amendment rights -- to the U.S. Supreme Court. The award-winning journalist has a long history of reporting on government surveillance programs, and has written two books on the CIA.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • James Risen, national security reporter for The New York Times, ordered to testify in the trial of a former CIA official accused of leaking information to him in his book, "State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration"
  • Gabriel Schoenfeld, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and author of "Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law"
  • Leonard Downie, Jr., vice president at large and former executive editor at The Washington Post

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