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DOJ subpoenas reporter James Risen for whistleblower information

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice subpoenaed testimony from New York Times reporter James Risen in the case of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA agent.  The subpoena attempts to force Risen to testify about his alleged receipt of information published in his book State of War.

The former agent, Jeffrey Sterling, was indicted in January for telling Risen Top Secret details of a failed CIA plot to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program in 2000. Risen never wrote about the plot, called Project Merlin, for the Times—the CIA was able to convince the paper that the story would harm national security—but he did write about it in his 2006 book State of War. (Gawker)

The subpoena follows earlier attempts by the government to obtain details of Risen’s activities as a journalist.  A January indictment of Sterling in January accused the former CIA officer of disclosing information about a clandestine program.