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Appeals Court: Reporter Can't Protect Source Published: July 19, 2013

A divided federal appeals panel in Virginia has rejected a reporter’s bid to protect a source who gave him information about a secret CIA operation, according to The Associated Press.

The AP reports the 2-1 ruling Friday by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s decision. It had allowed reporter James Risen to keep his source confidential during testimony in the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who is charged with leaking classified information.

Prosecutors allege that Sterling gave Risen secret information that appeared in the writer’s 2006 book, “State Of War,” according to the AP.

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