Government seized AP’s reporters’ and editors’ phone records

News organization calls the seizure a violation of its constitutional rights

The Associated Press (AP) is seething. Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) informed the news organization that it had seized two months of its reporters’ and editors’ phone records—an act AP President Gary Pruitt is calling a “serious interference with A.P.’s constitutional rights to gather and report news.”

On Friday, the DOJ told the AP that at some point this year, officials had seized two months’ worth of phone records from more than 20 lines used by AP journalists, including the organization’s offices and individuals’ homes and cell phones. The DOJ withheld the reason for the seizure, but considering the timing, the AP speculates it was related to the government’s investigation into the leaking of information about the Central Intelligent Agency’s disruption of a terrorist plot to bomb an airplane in Yemen.


Cathleen Flahardy

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