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Court Reignites Reporters’ Privilege Controversy

Just a week after the Obama administration issued new guidelines to calm the controversy over Justice Department intrusions into the work of journalists, a federal appeals court reignited the debate by ruling that a New York Times reporter has no legal protection against testifying in the leak trial of a former Central Intelligence Agency officer.

The 2-1 ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals from the 4th Circuit presents the first major test for the new policy by pointedly raising the question of whether the administration will press its demands for reporter James Risen’s testimony — an effort which could result in the veteran national security reporter being jailed for contempt of court.

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