Times reporter's testimony sought in leak trial

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Posted: Dec 16, 2014 12:35 PM

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A New York Times reporter will be subpoenaed to answer questions ahead of an upcoming trial of a former CIA officer accused of leaking classified information. But a Tuesday hearing indicated there is much confusion about what the journalist may be asked to reveal.

Prosecutors say they will not ask James Risen if ex-CIA man Jeffrey Sterling was his anonymous source for part of the 2006 book "State Of War" that detailed a botched CIA effort to cripple Iran's nuclear program. However, they do want to know if the two had a prior, on-the-record source relationship.

Risen's lawyer, Joel Kurtzberg, said at Tuesday's hearing that he is not sure whether his client is willing to answer the questions that prosecutors want to pose.

Furthermore, defense attorneys indicated they may also have their own questions, which puts Risen at risk of being found in contempt of court if he refuses to answer.