ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say they have no deal in place with a New York Times reporter whose testimony they want as they prosecute a former CIA officer accused of leaking sensitive information.
In a motion filed Monday in federal court in Virginia, prosecutors say attorneys for journalist James Risen have told them that, even if subpoenaed, Risen will refuse to provide any substantive testimony at the pending trial of former CIA operative Jeffrey Sterling.
Prosecutors allege Sterling disclosed classified information about operations in Iran to Risen and want him to testify. But free-press advocates have objected to forcing Risen's testimony.
Sterling's defense lawyers sought clarification of the issue after Attorney General Eric Holder said last week that he expects to resolve it without jailing Risen for contempt.