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James Risen    

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist

James Risen is an American journalist for The New York Times who previously worked for the Los Angeles Times. He has written or co-written many articles concerning U.S. government activities and is the author or co-author of two books about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and a book about the American public debate about abortion. Risen is a Pulitzer Prize winner.

Risen and Eric Lichtblau were awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for a series of controversial investigative reports that they co-wrote about the National Security Agency's surveillance of international communications originating or terminating in the United States code-named "Stellar Wind" and about a government program called Terrorist Finance Tracking Program designed to detect terrorist financiers, which involved searches of money transfer records in the international SWIFT database.

Risen is the author of four books: State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration, The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown with the KGB,Wrath of Angels: The American Abortion War, Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War.

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