The government presented a compelling, but circumstantial case. Jeffrey Sterling’s lawyer poked big holes in that. But the government doesn’t have to prove Sterling was James Risen’s only source, just that he did serve as a source for classified information.
James Risen sat alone in the far corner of the expansive hallway outside the courtroom. It was a fitting beginning for a day in which he seemed alone, even apart from his lawyers. Risen was there in response to a government subpoena to testify in a pre-trial in the case of Jeffery Sterling. The government claims that Sterling, while working for the CIA, was a source in Risen’s reporting on an alleged U.S. government scheme to transfer flawed nuclear weapons blueprints to Iran more than a decade ago.