Feds Secretly Looked at Associated Press Phone Records
May 14, 2013
In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Associated Press President Gary Pruitt said that a recent Justice Department campaign that secretly looked at phone records of AP reporters was a “massive and unprecedented intrusion." The government did not provide a reason why it had collected the phone information—which included logs from calls made from journalists’ personal lines.
Pruitt has requested that the Justice Department return all of the information and destroy any other existing copies. In the letter, Pruitt said that the information collected “disclose[s] information about AP's activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know." Analysts believe that the subpoenas were part of an effort to find out if a government source leaked information about a foiled airline bomb plot reported by the AP …