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Journalist James Risen ordered to testify in CIA leaker trial

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opednews.com Headlined to H2 7/20/13

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Photo caption: 'New York Times reporter James Risen has said in previous comments that he would rather go to prison than reveal the identity of his source.
'A federal appeals court has delivered a blow to investigative journalism in America by ruling that reporters have no first amendment protection that would safeguard the confidentiality of their sources in the event of a criminal trial.

In a two-to-one ruling from the fourth circuit appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, two judges ruled that a New York Times reporter, James Risen, must give evidence at the criminal trial of a former CIA agent [Jeffrey Sterling] who is being prosecuted for unauthorised leaking of state secrets.

In a dissenting opinion, the third judge..., Roger Gregory, made a robust argument for protecting the privileges of journalists seeking to keep the identity of their sources confidential.'

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