|James Risen, a New York Times reporter, will not be called to testify at a leak trial, lawyers said Monday, ending a seven-year legal fight over whether he could be forced to identify his confidential sources.|
The Justice Department said in court filings that it would not call Mr. Risen to testify at the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former C.I.A. officer charged with providing him details about a botched operation in Iran. Mr. Sterling’s lawyers, who had also left open the possibility of calling Mr. Risen to testify, said on Monday that they had withdrawn their subpoena.
The Justice Department first tried to compel Mr. Risen’s testimony in 2008 during the Bush administration, when it subpoenaed him to testify in the case against Mr. Sterling. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. authorized the subpoena again in 2011, and the effort to obtain Mr. Risen’s testimony came to symbolize the Obama administration’s effort to crack down on government officials who talk to reporters about security matters.