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Court rules journalists can’t keep their sources secret

19.07.2013 19:59

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that New York Times journalist James Risen must testify in the trial of a former Central Intelligence Agency officer accused of leaking classified national defense information to the media.

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Regula 27.04.2014 12:35

When, as in the case with Risen and Jeffrey Sterling, a reporter is forced to testify against his source, even where the abuse by the government/CIA - to use an Iranian to undermine an Iranian scientific project - is way more criminal than disclosing the abuse, there can be no more trust for people to come forward with such information - then all trust in the media is misplaced. The media can no longer fulfill its function to guard/inform the public of abuse by government. That is the ultimate suffocation of free press.

Anonymous user 22.07.2013 17:23

Actual journalisim in US being eliminated.Goebbels media just arm of corporation/banks/go v.


Mahesh Pratap Singh Yogi M P Singh 22.07.2013 14:03

Ipsofacto obvious that focus must be on wrong doers instead of whistle blowers. If the whistle blowers will have face lengthy court proceedings in order to get wrong doers punished then how he will come forward with open heart for public work? Whether this is award or penalty to expose wrong doer.

Anonymous user 22.07.2013 12:28

King Obama told France to come and get that wretched statue of liberty that is rusting in harbor.


John 22.07.2013 11:21

Were the judges blackmailed courtesy of the NSA and Obama ?


Bruce Figert 22.07.2013 01:09

What a travesty of justice, Holder needs to go now.....

Anonymous user 21.07.2013 18:58

appeal it to the supreme court


Frank 21.07.2013 16:56

If the US govt is going to hold sources accountable for leaking what they consider classified information, then will they hold the sources who are told to leak misleading propaganda accountable, too?

Anonymous user 21.07.2013 16:31

And the US continue their shift toward being a police state. Wake up before it's too late!

Anonymous user 21.07.2013 14:37

Oboma wants ur dna. Manditory aids test all n usa. Say no

Anonymous user 21.07.2013 14:27

Good now every thing the press want to makeup can come from annonymouse source,good mess created.


David Mende 21.07.2013 13:08

Obama knows NeoCons and "Dual Citizens" are planting false stories in major media to influence Congress and public opinion. This is criminal behavior. Show your sources when accused of lying in corporate media. Corporations have responsibilities and feduciary responsibility. Lies are lies. Fess up!

Anonymous user 21.07.2013 12:45

The reporter did not witness nor participate in the commission of a crime. His evidence is hearsay.

Anonymous user 21.07.2013 12:38

Obama trick o words, they won't help, they deem it illegal, & remove rights from sources & reporter

Anonymous user 21.07.2013 12:01

Bad enough news in the US is censored. It is high time people interested in real news look overseas.

Anonymous user 21.07.2013 11:49

The planet of the apes planted a mole in the white house

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