Wednesday May 25, 201102:41 PM GMT
New York Times reporter subpoenaed by US Govt.
Wed May 25, 2011 2:42PM
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The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a subpoena for the testimony of a New York Times reporter in the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA operations officer accused of leaking classified information, highlighting a trend of government attempts to use journalists' testimony in cases against government employees who reveal government information in exchange for anonymity.




Federal prosecutors also filed a motion late Monday in support of the subpoena, anticipating that Pulitzer Prize-winner James Risen would seek to have the subpoena quashed. "His testimony is directly relevant to, and powerful evidence of, facts that are squarely at issue in this trial -- including the identity of the perpetrator," the motion says.


The purpose of Risen's subpoena is to force him to testify that Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA agent, gave him confidential information about the CIA's efforts to sabotage Iran's nuclear program. The Atlantic Wire


"In President Obama's 26 months in office, civilian and military prosecutors have charged five people in cases involving leaking information, more than all previous presidents combined," reports the Times. The Atlantic Wire


The subpoena tells Mr. Risen that "you are commanded" to appear at federal district court in Alexandria, Va., on Sept. 12 to testify in the case. NYT


A federal district judge, Leonie M. Brinkema, quashed a similar subpoena to Mr. Risen last year, when prosecutors were trying to persuade a grand jury to indict Mr. Sterling. NYT


Sterling, who worked at the CIA from 1993 to 2002, had conflicts with the agency, including the filing of a racial discrimination complaint. The indictment alleges these issues served as his motivation for leaking the information. The Atlantic Wire





Also Thomas Drake,a former senior executive at the National Security Agency, is being charged under the Espionage Act of 1917 for leaking information to a Baltimore Sun reporter. The Atlantic Wire


In the aftermath of 9/11, Drake believed the agency was wasting its resources on a bloated surveillance system called Trailblazer, the NSA's largest project, instead of a cheaper, more efficient system called "Thin Thread." The Atlantic Wire


U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning was arrested on charges of "transferring classified data" and "delivering national defense information to an unauthorized source."


Among his most sever charges are the leakage of a video posted by Wikileaks of a 2007 U.S. Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed a Reuters news photographer and his driver. Reuters



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