DOJ Won't Prosecute NYT Reporter For Not Revealing Sources
The Department of Justice does not intend to prosecute New York Times journalist James Risen for refusing to out his source of secret information.By Matt Picht | December 12, 2014
The Department of Justice has finally decided not to force New York Times reporter James Risen to reveal his source for confidential information.
"Without this decision from the Justice Department, Risen would have faced possible jail time from the court had he refused to comply," NBC's Brian Williams said.
NBC first broke the story, citing an anonymous department official who said Attorney General Eric Holder directed officials not to force Risen to name sources — though the journalist may still face some more limited questions from the department about the circumstances of the leak.