As a Pulitzer Prize-winning national security reporter at The New York Times, James Risen knows the value of protecting his sources. He faced the possibility of jail time for defying a Justice Department order to reveal a source for his 2006 book “State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration.” In January, the seven-year ordeal ended with confidentiality intact.
Risen also discusses:
- His first big scoop, at age 23, about the closing of the International Harvester plant in Fort Wayne, Ind.
- The New York Times’ internal struggle over his story on the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program.
- Advice for young investigative reporters looking to cultivate sources.