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  • Former CIA officer sentenced to 3½ years in Iran leaks case

    05/11/2015 12:08:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 11, 2015 2:55 PM EDT
    A former CIA officer has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for leaking details of a secret mission to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Jeffrey Sterling of O’Fallon, Missouri, was facing a recommended sentence of 20 years or more under federal sentencing guidelines for violations of the Espionage Act. …
  • New Book Reveals Secret War Operations (NYT&James Risen's Bunk of the Month entry)

    01/02/2006 3:45:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 66 replies · 1,442+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/2/06 | AP - Washington
    WASHINGTON - A new book on the government's secret anti-terrorism operations describes how the CIA recruited an Iraqi-American anesthesiologist in 2002 to obtain information from her brother, who was a figure in Saddam Hussein's nuclear program. Dr. Sawsan Alhaddad of Cleveland made the dangerous trip to Iraq on the CIA's behalf. The book said her brother was stunned by her questions about the nuclear program because — he said — it had been dead for a decade. New York Times reporter James Risen uses the anecdote to illustrate how the CIA ignored information that Iraq no longer had weapons of...
  • Bad Moon Risen: Leakers 'Purest' Motives; 'Opposite of Plame'; 'Radicalization' of Foreign Policy

    01/03/2006 5:23:36 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 52 replies · 1,759+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein January 3, 2006 - 07:58 Katie Couric's just-completed interview with NY Times Reporter James Risen, who broke the NSA surveillance story and is now publishing his book on the matter, 'State of War,' offered a treasure-trove of insights into the matter. And give Katie a gentlelady's 'C' for her questioning. Couric earned the bulk of her credit by posing this seminal line of questioning: "Did [the leakers] have any sympathy or understanding about this new climate this country finds itself in and the criticism the Bush administration took prior to 9/11 for not putting the pieces together...
  • Iran - CIA 'gave bomb plan to Tehran' (Clinton Legacy - Nuclear weapons)

    01/04/2006 3:36:46 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 21 replies · 4,812+ views
    Gulf Daily News ^ | January 5, 2005
    VIENNA: The CIA, using a double-agent Russian scientist, may have handed a blueprint for a nuclear bomb to Iran. State of War by James Risen, the New York Times reporter who exposed the Bush administration's controversial domestic spying operation, claims the plans contained fatal flaws designed to derail Tehran's nuclear drive. But the deliberate errors were so rudimentary they would have been easily fixed by sophisticated Russian nuclear scientists, the book said. The operation, which took place during the Clinton administration in early 2000, was codenamed Operation Merlin and "may have been one of the most reckless operations in...
  • Very interesting exchange by Risen on Sources

    04/24/2006 8:22:03 PM PDT · by generationfixit · 12 replies · 936+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Jan. 3, 2006 | By Andrea Mitchell
    Risen: No, they haven't printed it, but again, I don't want to get into The New York Times, one way or the other. Mitchell: But did you have concerns about putting it into your book? Risen: I thought about it, you know. I thought about everything. one way or the other, but I thought that this story was so old, that it no longer really mattered. As I said, goes back to the Clinton years. Mitchell: How do you balance your own role finally? You've broken some major stories here, and critics, the administration will say that it compromises American...
  • Send This Reporter to Jail (Traitor James Risen of the NYT)

    05/07/2010 10:59:44 AM PDT · by mojito · 30 replies · 1,502+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 5/7/2010 | Gabriel Schoenfeld
    New York Times reporter James Risen is facing prison if he doesn’t reveal sources that gave him highly classified information on U.S. intelligence in Iran. Gabriel Schoenfeld says no reporter is above the law.
  • Barack Obama: The greatest threat to press freedom in a generation

    03/26/2014 10:32:29 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 10 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-26-14 | DrJohn
    "First he came for the whistleblowers and I didn't speak up because I was a liberal...." A conference called "Sources and Secrets" was held a few days ago at the Times Center in New York. The conference is described as "A conference on the press, government and national security." It's supported largely by left wing organizations and news outlets. At the meeting James Risen of the NY Times expressed an interesting opinion: New York Times reporter James Risen, who is fighting an order that he testify in the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer accused of leaking information...
  • Not Every Leak Is Fit to Print

    02/10/2008 5:07:57 AM PST · by ThePythonicCow · 1 replies · 139+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 18 Feb 2008 | Gabriel Schoenfeld
    Not Every Leak Is Fit to Print Why have federal prosecutors subpoenaed a New York Times reporter?by Gabriel Schoenfeld 02/18/2008, Volume 013, Issue 22 Investigations of national-security leaks in Washington are not all that rare. But until Judith Miller of the New York Times was sent to jail for 85 days by a special prosecutor digging into the Valerie Plame imbroglio, investigations of such leaks in which journalists are subpoenaed were about as common as unicorns wandering the National Mall. We now have another such unicorn. On January 24, a federal grand jury in Alexandria issued a subpoena to...
  • Lichtblau of 'NYT' Explains Attempt to Halt His Bank Records Scoop

    06/24/2006 9:24:07 PM PDT · by airedale · 36 replies · 1,081+ views
    Editior and Publisher ^ | 06/ 23/2006 | Joe Strupp
    Eric Lichtblau, one of two New York Times' reporters who broke today's story of a secret government monitoring of private banking records - which the Bush Administration sought to block - said the White House arguments to halt the story were not as strong as those that had kept a previous report on secret wiretapping out of the paper for a year. "They were similar in terms of the objections raised not to publish," Lichtblau told E&P today. "That the bad guys knew we were listening to them, but they don't know exactly how." But he said the objections "did...
  • Is the New York Times About to be Indicted?

    05/25/2006 1:09:42 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 42 replies · 2,861+ views
    Armavirumque ^ | May 25, 2006 | James Piereson
    Is The New York Times about to be indicted? That would be a fair inference from the strange exchanges that have gone back and forth over the past few days between the Justice Department and the editors of the paper. On Sunday, during the ABC news program, "This Week," Attorney General Gonzales was asked if the federal government might prosecute journalists who published classified information. "There are some statutes on the books," he answered, "which . . . would seem to indicate that this is a possibility." He went on to suggest that such prosecutions were implicitly authorized by the...
  • Obama Has Sentenced Whistleblowers to 10x the Jail Time of All Prior U.S. Presidents Combined

    10/18/2014 7:03:18 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 19 replies
    Ben Swann ^ | Oct 15, 2014 | Rachel Blevins
    James Risen, an Investigative Journalist, and veteran New York Times Reporter, is now another name on the list of Journalists being prosecuted by the Obama Administration. Risen, whose reporting on warrantless wiretapping was published in 2006, is now facing jail time for the same material that earned him a Pulitzer Prize. According to Democracy Now, Risen’s original story was supposed to be published in the New York Times prior to the Presidential election in 2004. However, the report was not published until 2006, because Risen was under “government pressure,” due to the fact that his article could have had an...
  • The Book Behind the Bombshell

    01/02/2006 4:27:11 PM PST · by Pikamax · 74 replies · 2,066+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | 01/01/06 | ROMESH RATNESAR
    The Book Behind the Bombshell By ROMESH RATNESAR In the abstruse world of espionage, it's not always easy to know when you are in on a secret. So when intelligence sources approached New York Times reporter James Risen in late 2004 with evidence that the Bush Administration was running a covert domestic-spying program, Risen says he "wasn't sure what to believe." As Risen and Times colleague Eric Lichtblau looked into the story, more whistle-blowers came forward, convincing the reporters that the eavesdropping claims were credible. At that point Risen asked a few "very senior" government officials what they knew about...
  • Defiant on Witness Stand, Times Reporter Says Little

    01/06/2015 1:57:32 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 5, 2015 | By MATT APUZZO
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — After losing a seven-year legal battle, James Risen, a reporter for The New York Times, reluctantly took the witness stand in federal court here on Monday, but refused to answer any questions that could help the Justice Department identify his confidential sources. Mr. Risen said he would not say anything to help prosecutors bolster their case against Jeffrey A. Sterling, a former C.I.A. officer who is set to go on trial soon on charges of providing classified information to Mr. Risen for his 2006 book, “State of War.” The Justice Department first subpoenaed Mr. Risen to testify...
  • Condoleezza Rice says she was stunned CIA mission was leaked

    01/15/2015 7:59:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 15, 2015 8:51 PM EST | Matthew Barakat
    Former national security adviser Condoleezza Rice told jurors Thursday she was stunned to learn that a classified mission to thwart Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions—now at the heart of a criminal leak trial—had been disclosed to a reporter. Rice testified for the prosecution in U.S. District Court at the trial of ex-CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, 47, of O’Fallon, Missouri, who is charged with illegally disclosing details of the program to New York Times reporter James Risen. Sterling denies leaking any information to Risen. While Rice’s testimony helped establish the importance of the classified program in question, her testimony did not implicate...
  • Times reporter’s testimony sought in leak trial (James Risen)

    12/16/2014 10:23:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 16, 2014 12:38 PM EST | Matthew Barakat
    A New York Times reporter will be subpoenaed to answer questions ahead of an upcoming trial of a former CIA officer accused of leaking classified information, though a Tuesday hearing indicated there is much confusion about what the journalist may be asked to reveal. Prosecutors say they will not ask James Risen if ex-CIA man Jeffrey Sterling was his anonymous source for part of the 2006 book “State Of War” that detailed a botched CIA effort to cripple Iran’s nuclear program. However, they do want to know if the two had a prior, on-the-record source relationship. Risen’s lawyer, Joel Kurtzberg,...
  • NYT reporter: Obama administration the ‘greatest enemy of press freedom’ in a generation

    03/24/2014 3:37:17 PM PDT · by McGruff · 47 replies
    THE DAILY CALLER ^ | 03/24/2014 | James Risen
    New York Times reporter James Risen called the Obama administration “the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation” on Friday, explaining that the White House seeks to control the flow of information and those that refuse to play along “will be punished.” Poynter reports that Risen made the remarks while speaking at Sources and Secrets conference — a meeting of journalism and communication professionals held in New York City. The foreign policy reporter, who is currently fighting a fierce court battle with the federal government over his protection of a confidential source, warned...
  • NYT Reporter Risen: Obama administration is This Generation’s Greatest Enemy of Press Freedom’

    03/24/2014 6:39:41 PM PDT · by lbryce · 4 replies
    Poynter.org ^ | March 24, 2014 | Andrew Beaujon
    “It won’t take me long to alienate everyone in the room,” Jeffrey Toobin told an audience in New York Friday. “For better or worse, it has been clear there is no journalistic privilege under the First Amendment.” The New Yorker staff writer and CNN commentator was appearing on a panel as part of a conference called Sources and Secrets at the Times Center. A lot has already been written about the conference (links below), so I’m going to pull out a theme that appears again and again in my notes: How much protection do reporters really have with regard to...
  • Justice Dept. cracks down on leaks (selectively ?)

    05/25/2010 11:26:06 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 17 replies · 602+ views
    Politico ^ | 5-25-10 | Josh Gerstein
    The Obama administration’s crackdown on leaks to the press has snared a high-profile conviction of an FBI linguist, who was sentenced to 20 months in prison Monday after pleading guilty to giving classified information to a blogger. The sentence for Shamai Leibowitz is likely to become the longest ever served by a government employee accused of passing national security secrets to a member of the media. His case represents only the third known conviction in U.S. history for a government official or contractor providing classified information to the press. And it reflects a surprising development: President Barack Obama’s Justice Department...
  • Ex-CIA Officer Indicted for Leaking Classified Info to New York Times Reporter

    01/14/2011 4:20:20 PM PST · by lbryce · 20 replies
    Gawker ^ | January 6, 2011 | Staff
    Ex-CIA Officer Indicted for Leaking Classified Info to New York Slimes Reporter Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer, was indicted today for leaking classified information to New York Times reporter James Risen. The indictment shows that the federal government had access to their e-mail and phone contacts going back several years. Sterling served on the Iran desk of the CIA in the 1990s, and oversaw a classified program aimed at sabotaging the development of its nuclear programming. He left the CIA in 2000 and sued for racial discrimination (he is African American) in a case that went all the way...
  • Ex-CIA officer charged with giving reporter secrets

    01/06/2011 3:57:16 PM PST · by nuconvert · 15 replies
    A former CIA officer was arrested on Thursday on charges of illegally disclosing national defense information about Iran to a New York Times reporter who wrote a book. The U.S. Justice Department said Jeffrey Sterling, 43, was charged with six counts of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information and one count of unlawfully keeping national defense information, mail fraud, unauthorized conveyance of government property and obstructing justice.