Journalist Wages Legal Battle to Protect His Source

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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.


Leonard Downie, Jr., vice president at large and former executive editor at The Washington Post

Gabriel Schoenfeld, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and author of "Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law"

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"