Politico on August 26, 2011 released the following:
“Federal prosecutors filed a motion Friday asking District Judge Leonie Brinkema to clarify, and possibly reconsider, her July 29 ruling that a New York Times reporter would not be required to reveal confidential sources during the espionage trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling.
In the motion, the government’s lawyers again argued that James Risen’s testimony about the sources for his reporting on CIA efforts to undermine Iran’s nuclear program is critical to making their case against Sterling, who’s charged with illegally revealing CIA operations to Risen.
In the July ruling, Brinkema wrote: “The government must establish that there is a compelling reason for the journalist’s testimony and that there are no other means for obtaining the equivalent of that testimony.”
The government’s motion appears to be just that — a further explanation of why Risen’s testimony is necessary. Steven Aftergood at the Federation of American Scientists has a good recap of the new motion here.”
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