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Threatened New York Times journalist ordered to appear in court – report

Threatened New York Times journalist ordered to appear in court - report

‘A federal judge has ordered New York Times reporter James Risen to appear in court to answer questions about his book on CIA efforts to subvert Iran’s nuclear program. Risen has long resisted government threats over his refusal to reveal a book source.

According to an anonymous US official cited by CBS, prosecutors will ask Risen about his 2006 book, “State of War,” as well as two New York Times articles in late 2001 and early 2002.

“They will ask him to confirm that both the book and articles are accurate, as far as he knows,” CBS reported.

The Tuesday order comes days after the US Department of Justice decided not to force Risen to reveal an intelligence community source in “State of War.” Risen had been told repeatedly by the US government that he would have to offer evidence about who gave him the information, but he has refused to officially provide the name of his source, saying that it would be a breach of his civil liberties and press freedom.’

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