Fourth Circuit Decision on James Risen Seems to Support WikiLeaksQuicklink submitted by Ginger Carter Permalink
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|'Well, not really. But that's the unintended consequence of yesterday's awful decision in US v. Sterling, in which the Fourth Circuit held that James Risen could not rely on journalist's privilege to avoid testifying against James Sterling, whom the government believes leaked classified information to Risen...If a journalist can be forced to testify against a whistleblower in a leak case because he 'witnessed' the 'crime,' there is only one solution for journalists who want to work with whistleblowers who expose government misconduct: obtain the information completely anonymously. If they do not know who provided the information, forcing them to testify will accomplish precisely nothing. In other words, WikiLeaks. That is now the only viable model of investigative journalism, given Sterling's overt attack on freedom of the press.|
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