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Risen, 'NYT' Reporter, Gets Subpoena

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Risen, 'NYT' Reporter, Gets Subpoena

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A federal grand jury has issued a subpoena to James Risen, a reporter for The New York Times, "apparently to try to force him to reveal his confidential sources for a 2006 book on the Central Intelligence Agency, one of the reporter's lawyers said Thursday," the newspaper reports on Friday.

The subpoena was delivered last week to the New York law firm that is representing Risen. It ordered him to appear before a grand jury in Alexandria, Va., on Feb. 7.

An excerpt from the Times story, which is posted at www.nytimes.com, follows.*

Mr. Risen's lawyer, David N. Kelley, who was the United States attorney in Manhattan early in the Bush administration, said in an interview that the subpoena sought the source of information for a specific chapter of the book "State of War."

The chapter asserted that the C.I.A. had unsuccessfully tried, beginning in the Clinton administration, to infiltrate Iran's nuclear program. None of the material in that chapter appeared in The New York Times.

"We intend to fight this subpoena, so we'll likely be engaging in some sort of litigation," Mr. Kelley said. "Jim has adhered to the highest traditions of journalism. …

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