A New York Times reporter has called Barack Obama “the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation.” Reporter James Risen may be sent to jail for refusing to reveal a source, but he isn’t going down quietly.
“A lot of people still think this is some kind of game or signal or spin,” reporter James Risen told his own paper, according to The Daily Caller. “They don’t want to believe that Obama wants to crack down on the press and whistle-blowers. But he does. He’s the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation.”
Risen has been battling the government since 2006, when his book “State Of War” featured classified information about a failed CIA plot against Iran’s nuclear program. In 2008, he was subpoenaed by President Bush’s department of justice to reveal his source, but he refused. He fought the subpoena until 2009, when it expired.
Just when Risen thought he was safe, President Obama rolled in and renewed the subpoena in 2010, and a four year legal war ensued. Finally, the Supreme Court announced in June that it would not look at Risen’s appeal, leaving him out of options. Risen is now facing jail time if the government continues to ask him to reveal his source, but The New York Times is standing by their man.
“Though the court’s decision looked like a major victory for the government, it has forced the Obama administration to confront a hard choice,” the New York Times reported in June in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s ruling. “Should it demand Mr. Risen’s testimony and be responsible for a reporter’s being sent to jail? Or reverse course and stand down, losing credibility with an intelligence community that has pushed for the aggressive prosecution of leaks?”
Way to piss off the most powerful newspaper in the country, Barack…
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