The New York Times reported that U.S. district court judge Leonia Brinkema’s opinion “largely quashing a subpoena” for Times reporter and book author James Risen has been released.
Brinkema wrote that “A criminal trial subpoena is not a free pass for the government to rifle through a reporter’s notebook” and found that Risen would be “protected by a limited ‘reporter’s privilege,'” according to the New York Times. The subpoena was to find out the identity for Risen’s source in a book on the CIA.
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iMediaEthics wrote in June when Risen claimed the U.S. government has spied on him in attempts to find out who his sources were.