“Enough is enough. The relentless and by all appearances vindictive effort by two administrations to force Jim Risen into betraying his sources has already done substantial and lasting damage to journalism in the United States. I've felt the chill first hand. Trusted sources in Washington are scared to talk by telephone, or by email, or even to meet for coffee, regardless of whether the subject touches on national security or not. My fellow investigative reporters commiserate about how we're being forced to act like drug dealers, taking extreme precautions to avoid leaving any digital breadcrumbs about where we've been and who we've met. If you value a vibrant free press, you want the Jim Risens of the world out hunting for the toughest truths about how power is used and abused. You don't want them rotting in jail cells. Do we really want to be that kind of country?”
—David Barstow, three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, The New York Times, in statement protesting Obama administration measures to force fellow Times reporter James Risen to reveal his sources, “Pulitzer Prize Winners’ Statements in Support of James Risen,”
• Editorial Comment: The truth hurts.
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