Attorney General Eric Holder has approved a subpoena to New York Times reporter James Risen in an effort to get him to testify about confidential sources for a book he wrote about the CIA, The New York Times reports:
“James Risen … received a subpoena on Monday requiring him to provide documents and to testify May 4 before a grand jury in Alexandria, Va., about his sources for a chapter of his book, “State of War: The Secret History of the C.I.A. and the Bush Administration.” The chapter largely focuses on problems with a covert C.I.A. effort to disrupt alleged Iranian nuclear weapons research.”
Risen’s lawyer told the Times that Risen plans to uphold his sources’ confidentiality. This isn’t the first time the government has taken an interest in his sources. The Bush administration also tried to get Risen to cooperate, subpoenaing the reporter in early 2008. That subpoena expired before Risen had to testify.
Four years ago, Risen won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the National Security Administration’s wiretapping program.