Thursday, June 30, 2011

U.S. Spying on NY Times Reporter?, June 23 2011

Eric W. Dolan
Raw Story
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen has been subjected to government surveillance and harassment that began under the Bush administration, according to a 22-page affidavit he filed Tuesday.

In his 2006 book, “State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration,” author and New York Timesreporter James Risen describes a CIA effort to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions by secretly providing them with faulty blueprints. In the end, a Russian defector working for the CIA exposed the plot.

Risen was subpoenaed twice to testify about his sources. The first grand jury was was dissolved before he could be forced to testify. For reasons that have not been revealed, U.S. District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema quashed the second subpoena last year.

ABC News reported Risen’s affidavit claims that the government monitored his ingoing and outgoing phone calls to expose his confidential sources.

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