The guilty plea is notable because it stems from the leak investigation that touched off allegations of scandal when it became public that the Justice Department had seized phone records from “more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012.” There is no way of knowing the “exact number of journalists,” who used the phone lines during this period, however, “100 journalists work in the offices whose phone records were targeted on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.” Home phone and cell phone records of individual journalists were collected as well.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 24, 2013 12:15 pm|
|By: Norman Solomon Tuesday September 24, 2013 7:46 am|
The New York Times coverage should have given attentive readers indigestion over breakfast Tuesday: “A former F.B.I. agent has agreed to plead guilty to leaking classified information to The Associated Press about a foiled bomb plot in Yemen last year … Federal investigators said they were able to identify the man, Donald Sachtleben, a former bomb technician, as a suspect in the leak case only after secretly obtaining AP reporters’ phone logs, a move that set off an uproar among journalists and members of Congress of both parties when it was disclosed in May.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday September 11, 2013 8:30 am|
Twelve years since the attacks, this predominant mindset, which not only enables abuse but also authoritarianism in government, is declining. Polls are showing that Americans are no longer as supportive of massive surveillance put in place after the attacks. And former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden is mostly responsible for this major shift in views.
|By: brasch Sunday June 16, 2013 9:00 am|
It’s Father’s Day, and that means the Great White Republican Hierarchy in Washington smells burnt charcoal and is ready to barbecue some Democrats.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday May 31, 2013 4:30 pm|
Attorney General Eric Holder, Deputy Attorney General Jim Cole and other Justice Department officials held two planned off-the-record meetings with the press on Thursday and Friday. At the moment, details from the Friday meeting have yet to be publicized by media executives or representatives who attended, but there are numerous details from the Thursday meeting that have surfaced.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday May 28, 2013 10:20 am|
The Justice Department’s seizure of the Associated Press’ phone records, along with criminalizing Fox News reporter James Rosen to pursue a leak investigation into a former State Department contractor, has led to media organizations making some of the most clear defenses of freedom of the press to date. It has inspired a healthy amount of disdain for the administration of President Barack Obama relationship with the press and how the administration’s zealous pursuit of leaks has had a chilling effect on investigative journalism.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday May 26, 2013 8:30 am|
Attorney General Eric Holder has claimed he has never been involved in the “potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material,” but the Justice Department under President Barack Obama has been more than willing to criminalize the press in order to enable or enhance the ability of the department to pursue leak investigations.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday May 20, 2013 10:20 am|
The extent of the administration of President Barack Obama’s attacks on the First Amendment has been confirmed to include having the Justice Department pursue a Fox News journalist as a “co-conspirator” in a leak investigation.
The investigation involves Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, a State Department employee, who has been under investigation for possibly leaking classified information on North Korea to Fox News reporter James Rosen.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday May 18, 2013 10:15 am|
In continuing coverage and discussion of the Justice Department’s seizure of AP records and the implications this has on freedom of the press, I went on “The Marc Steiner Show” on WEAA on Friday.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday May 16, 2013 8:00 pm|
It’s quite a week when the entire MSM suddenly gets sufficient oxygen into its hairspray-addled brain to be shocked, shocked, I tell you, at the fact that the Obama administration has been, well, behaving like Loyal Bushies on meth for the last four years. Mainly, because team Obama was just a tiny bit nicer about how they icily disdained several parts of the Bill of Rights, not least that first one, the punitive prosecutions could continue. the wiretapping comfortably privatized, and the illegality and cronyism of the Bush era would be magically transformed into cuddly bipartisan consensus.
Trouble is, that sort of thing only works until it doesn’t.