ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (AP) -- A New York Times reporter is expected to reluctantly testify in a trial run to see what evidence he could offer in the case of a former CIA officer accused of leaking classified information on a botched effort to cripple Iran's nuclear program.
Federal prosecutors have said journalist James Risen is a critical witness in a case against ex-CIA employee Jeffrey Sterling. Prosecutors believe Sterling was a source for a book by Risen.
A judge ordered Monday's hearing in a Washington suburb where the CIA is based to work out in advance any snags in calling Risen to the stand.
Risen has said that to protect his sources' confidentiality, he will refuse to answer detailed questions.
Prosecutors have subpoenaed Risen but promised to limit their questioning.