CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A reporter for an online news service has been subpoenaed to testify in the trial of a source charged with stalking and threatening two federal agents.
Declan McCullagh, who runs the Washington, D.C., office of Wired News, said Thursday he will likely fight the subpoena.
"I don't think a journalist should be testifying against a source. I have not ruled out the possibility of jail time," said McCullagh, who termed the subpoena an attempt to "intimidate reporters."
The subpoena orders McCullagh to appear in federal court in Tacoma, Wash., on April 2, the start of the trial of tax protester James Dalton Bell of Vancouver, Wash. McCullagh wrote two articles about the case.
McCullagh said he had no problem affirming the accuracy of the published articles but feared prosecutors were also seeking his statements on confidential and other unpublished materials.