Is James Risen a law unto himself?

James Risen is the reporter who blew the NSA terrorist surveillance program, in the Times (with Eric Lichtblau) and in Risen’s book State of War. I wrote about the legal issues for the Standard in “Exposure,” as did Gabriel Schoenfeld for Commentary in “Has the New York Times violated the Espionage Act?”
Now Schoenfeld returns in the new issue of the Weekly Standard to take a look at the subpoena issued to Risen in connection with a chapter of his book exposing another extraordinarily sensitive intelligence operation (a “special-access program,” beyond top-secret). Schoenfeld’s article is “Not every leak is fit to print.” It is a shocking article that warrants the attention of serious readers.


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