Gov't Seized AP Reporters' Phone Records
AP calls it an 'unprecedented intrusion'
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2013 5:17 PM CDT
The screen on the phone console at the reception desk at the Associated Press Washington bureau.   (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

(Newser) – The government secretly seized two months of phone records from the Associated Press, according to the AP itself. The Justice Department took records for 20 separate phone lines, including incoming and outgoing calls, the length of each call, and reporters' personal phone numbers. "These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities ... provide a road map to AP's newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP's activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know," wrote the AP's CEO in a letter of protest.

The AP believes the records were obtained earlier this year, but the Justice Department did not notify it of the seizure until last week, and did not say why it had taken the records. The agency believes it may be related to a story published in 2012 about a thwarted al-Qaeda terror plot in Yemen. The phone numbers of five journalists and an editor involved in the story were among those seized. Earlier this year, the director of the CIA described the release of information on the terror plot to the media as an "unauthorized and dangerous disclosure of classified information."

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May 14, 2013 12:17 PM CDT
It's brilliant nobody in America respects the news media anymore we're all dam tired of listening to their personal opinions and spin about everything. Some of them are subversive and report un-truths (Glenn Beck) let's see what these scumbags are up to.
May 14, 2013 7:33 AM CDT
And in the second term socialism creeps in!
May 14, 2013 6:16 AM CDT
Because it's Obama doing it, half the people in America will SHEEPily love it. I predict that the liberal news media won't even make a big deal that THEIR Constitutional rights to privacy was invaded.