Justice Dept. discloses info on news media subpoenas

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says former Attorney General Eric Holder authorized three subpoenas or search warrants last year involving members of the news media.

The department on Friday released a report chronicling instances in the last year in which its prosecutors requested information or records from the media.

Holder pledged last year to release that information annually as the Justice Department worked to redo its guidelines for issuing subpoenas to reporters.

One of the three cases cited in the report was a subpoena seeking testimony from New York Times reporter James Risen in the trial of a former CIA officer accused of disclosing government secrets.

Holder also authorized a subpoena for a television news producer for testimony and documents in a terrorism case in New York.