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Intvw Transcript: James Risen--Tips on Investigative Journalism and Living With Prison Hanging Over His Head

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JR: Well, I thought so, yeah. They had...we disagreed on that for a long time (laughs). But it all came out in the end so...

Rob: Were you threatened by lawyers as well?

JR: No, no...I was threatened by the government, you know. So but it know, they're still threatening me. You know the whole subpoena on my book I think is mainly because their...the government and the CIA got mad at me for...and the NSA got mad at me for the NSA story in the New York Times.

Rob: Yeah. Well it seems like you've managed to piss off a lot of powerful people. How does that make you feel?

JR: Good. That's kind of my job. That actually is when I feel like I'm doing my best work, and...

Rob: Really?

JR: Yeah. I tell young people who want to get into journalism that it's the only job I know where you get paid to stick it to the man....and I really feel that's one of the best things about journalism, about investigative reporting.

Rob: That's great. So let me move into the book a little bit.

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