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James Risen case: The Supreme Court stiffs the press -- or maybe not
James Risen case: The Supreme Court stiffs the press -- or maybe not

This week the Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of James Risen, a New York Times reporter who has been fighting a subpoena seeking to require him to testify at the upcoming trial of a former CIA agent. Bad news for freedom of the press, right? Not necessarily.  Risen’s testimony is being sought at the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, the former agent who was indicted in 2010 for revealing classified information, including the tale of a failed CIA plan to provide Iran with flawed blueprints for a nuclear weapon. That plot was detailed in a book by Risen. In ruling against Risen, the Richmond, Va.-based U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals held that the 1st Amendment...

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