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Federal judge rules NY Times reporter must testify in CIA leak case, but limits scope
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) ' A federal judge has ruled that a New York Times reporter must testify at the trial of a former CIA officer charged with leaking classified information, but limited the scope of that testimony.
Prosecutors have subpoenaed reporter James Risen to testify at the September trial of Jeffrey Sterling.
U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema ruled Friday that Risen must testify, but that his testimony be limited to four topics, including that he wrote an article or book chapter and that they are accurate.
Risen's lawyer Joel Kurtzberg on Friday evening called the order "an important victory for the First Amendment" because it limits what Risen can be asked about.
The government alleges Sterling was a key source for a chapter in Risen's 2006 book "State of War," which details a botched CIA effort.
A Justice Department spokesman didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.