In Leak Case, Court Authorizes Subpoena for Testimony from New York Times Reporter James Risen

By: Tuesday December 16, 2014 2:34 pm

A federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, has authorized a subpoena for New York Times reporter James Risen to force him to provide testimony in the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling. Prosecutors would be able to ask if he had a “prior non-confidential reporter-source relationship” with Risen. The former CIA officer is alleged to [...]

Reporter James Risen Says US Government Has Made ‘No Offers’ Related to Testimony in Leak Case

By: Monday December 15, 2014 11:37 am

Despite comments from anonymous officials, the United States government has issued no formal offer to New York Times reporter James Risen to protect him from having to reveal any information about his confidential sources if he were to be subpoenaed and forced to testify in the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, according to [...]

SSCI Report Reveals CIA Torture Program Originated in Same Department as MKULTRA

By: Thursday December 11, 2014 12:47 am

The new SSCI report on the CIA interrogation torture program reveals that James Mitchell came to the Abu Zubaydah interrogation from contract work at CIA’s Office of Technical Services (OTS). OTS assisted Mitchell in presenting harsh interrogation techniques into the Zubaydah interrogation. But OTS supposedly also vetted the EIT program’s safety. It also belonged to the part of the CIA that at the same time was studying the debilitating effects of even mock SERE torture. Forty years ago, OTS supposedly ended its MKULTRA mind control program, or did it?

APA “Independent” Torture Review Led by Attorney Who Worked With CIA’s Tenet

By: Sunday December 7, 2014 2:02 pm

A much-touted “independent review” initiated by the American Psychological Association (APA) into charges it secretly supported the Bush administration’s policy of torture after 9/11 turns out to be led by a man who worked with the CIA’s George Tenet and Kenneth J. Levit over twenty years ago. APA members involved in the review have questionable ties that also call into question their “independence.” Just how effective will this review be?

Government Has No ‘Agreement’ With Reporter James Risen, Still Plans to Subpoena for Testimony

By: Monday November 3, 2014 5:21 pm

The United States government has indicated that the Justice Department does not currently have an agreement with New York Times reporter James Risen for testimony in a leak prosecution against his alleged source, Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer charged with multiple violations of the Espionage Act. Sterling met with Senate Intelligence Committee staffers and [...]

In Leak Prosecution, Attorneys Demand to Know if Government Has ‘Agreement’ with Reporter James Risen

By: Thursday October 30, 2014 4:33 pm

(update below) Attorneys for former CIA officer and whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling are demanding evidence of any “understandings” or “agreements” between the United States and James Risen, a New York Times reporter, for testimony in the case. The demand comes after Attorney General Eric Holder made comments yesterday at the Washington Ideas Forum about whistleblowers and [...]

Yet Another Example of How Government Uses ‘Legal Process’ to Coerce Reporters to Reveal Sources

By: Friday October 10, 2014 3:21 pm

In 2011, a reporter for Fox News named Mike Levine was issued a grand jury subpoena as part of a Justice Department leak investigation. The subpoena demanded Levine reveal the names of “law enforcement” sources, who confirmed details for a story he wrote on Somali-Americans being indicted on terrorism charges in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Levine fought [...]

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalists Show Solidarity with James Risen in Fight Against Justice Department

By: Monday August 11, 2014 1:56 pm

There is no indication that the Justice Department will not pursue testimony for its leak prosecution against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, and, as a result, fourteen Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists have come forward to declare their support for Risen in his fight against revealing information from his confidential sources. The government has pursued testimony from [...]

After Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case, New York Times Reporter Could Go to Jail

By: Monday June 2, 2014 5:26 pm

The United States Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from New York Times reporter James Risen, who has fought to protect his confidential sources as President Barack Obama’s administration insists on forcing him to testify in a leak prosecution. Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling is alleged to have given information to Risen on a [...]

Holder’s Comments to Journalists Do Not ‘Hint’ at NYT Reporter Not Being Jailed for Defying Subpoena

By: Wednesday May 28, 2014 11:22 am

Attorney General Eric Holder held a meeting with representatives of media organizations and addressed concerns, which related to the Justice Department’s revision of guidelines that address when it is appropriate to subpoena reporters and conducted searches of newsrooms for information for criminal investigations. The representatives raised the issue of New York Times reporter James Risen, [...]

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