US Justice Department rules against reporter in CIA case

The Justice Department on Monday asked a full federal appeals court not to hear arguments from lawyers for a New York Times reporter, James Risen, whom prosecutors have subpoenaed to testify in a criminal leak case against a former C.I.A. officer, Jeffrey Sterling. A three-judge panel of the appeals court in Richmond, Va., ruled in July that reporters have no special privilege to avoid testifying about their sources and that Mr. Risen, who prosecutors say used Mr. Sterling as a source for a 2006 book on the C.I.A., would have to testify. Mr. Risen’s lawyers asked the full 15-judge court to reconsider the case, but the Justice Department argued in Monday’s filing that the ruling was correct and that no further hearing was justified.

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