An ex-IRA man-turned-writer is under no increased threat over police attempts to seize his interviews with a convicted bomber, the High Court heard.
PSNI lawyers claimed a risk assessment of Anthony McIntyre had come back negative.
Police are seeking access to all his recordings with Dolours Price as part of their probe into the 1972 murder of Jean McConville.
Mr McIntyre interviewed Price for a Boston College project and he is challenging the bid to obtain the transcripts, claiming it will put his life in danger.
It was set out in the hearing that fellow project author Ed Moloney claimed Mr McIntyre’s interviews contain nothing relevant to the McConville probe.
Mr Justice Treacy said this appeared to be “at odds” with the view taken by a US judge who ordered they be handed over and he ordered Mr McIntyre to file a sworn affidavit by Monday in an bid to clarify the position.
The judicial review hearing was adjourned until next week.