All of the conciliatory talk from the Justice Department about leaving journalists out of its war on leaks appears to be just that — talk.
That’s the only logical answer to the question of why New York Times reporter James Risen was on the witness stand  in federal court Monday, being asked about confidential sources and stories.
The feds are attempting to prosecute Jeffrey A. Sterling, a former CIA officer accused of giving Risen classified information about a botched operation involving Iran and its nuclear program.
The government’s attempt to pressure Risen is far from the only episode in which the administration has tried to get at those suspected of revealing sensitive information through journalists.
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