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Title: In ‘Chilling’ Attack on Press Freedom, Trump’s DOJ Seizes Records of Reporter
Source: Mint Press News
URL Source: https://www.mintpressnews.com/in-ch ... es-records-of-reporter/243609/
Published: Jun 8, 2018
Author: Julia Conley
Post Date: 2018-06-10 10:30:37 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 90
Comments: 5

rossing a line that the Obama administration was previously attacked for breaching, the Department of Justice seized the phone and email records of a national security reporter at the New York Times in the Trump administration’s effort to stop government leaks.

As the Times reported on Friday, journalist Ali Watkins was informed by the DOJ earlier this year that the department had obtained records for two of her email accounts and her phone number, going back several years up until November 2017. The department did not obtain the content of her phone calls or emails.

“Freedom of the press is a cornerstone of democracy, and we believe that communications between journalists and their sources demand protection,” Eileen Murphy, spokesperson for the Times, said in a statement. “This decision by the Justice Department will endanger reporters’ ability to promise confidentiality to their sources and, ultimately, undermine the ability of a free press to shine a much-needed light on government actions. That should be a grave concern to anyone who cares about an informed citizenry.”

The records were reviewed as part of the DOJ’s investigation into James Wolfe, director of security for the Senate Intelligence Committee, whose role involved protecting classified information shared with committee members and interacting with witnesses who met with the panel.

Watkins was targeted in the investigation due to a previous romantic relationship she had had with Wolfe. Last year, she refused to answer questions from the FBI about her relationship with Wolfe and denied that he was a source for her articles.

Watkins has covered a number of high-profile national security stories during the Trump administration, including former Trump advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos’ communications with Russians during and before the Trump campaign.

News of the Trump administration’s investigation into Watkins’ communications comes a day after Wolfe’s arrest and indictment on charges of lying to the FBI about his communications with reporters. He has been accused of giving sensitive information to at least two reporters.

The Trump administration’s probe into a journalist’s personal data carries echoes of the DOJ’s seizure of similar records under President Barack Obama. In 2013, the department obtained records of 20 personal and work phone lines of several Associated Press reporters. The records included outgoing calls and were seized as the administration was attempting to crack down on leaks.

At the time, the news outlet called the seizure “a serious interference with AP’s constitutional rights to gather and report the news.”

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

“Freedom of the press is a cornerstone of democracy, and we believe that communications between journalists and their sources demand protection,”

Especially if "the press" is sleeping with "their sources" and receiving classified information because of that.

I suppose that is what passes for "ethical" and "professional" behavior in today's newsroom.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-06-10   11:01:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard (#0)

Sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander.

It would have been best had Obama not done this. But he did. So now it's precedent.

It would have been best had Nixon not been hounded out of office, but he was, so Clinton was impeached, and now Mueller has been unleashed to go mad over nothing.

It would have been best for Americans not to have held black slaves or enforced segregation, but they did, so now there is affirmative action, and business owners lost their complete liberty to decide who their clientele are.

It would have been best had the South not seceded over slavery and tariffs, but they did, so now the Federal government is overmighty in all things.

It would have been best had Harry Reid not gone nuclear on judges, but he did, so now the ruling party easily stacks the courts.

And so it goes, tit for tat, in a race to the bottom.

Vicomte13  posted on  2018-06-10   11:46:17 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Deckard (#0) (Edited)

Just like Odumbass did! Not so much fun when it happens to leftist 'Rats, huh?
The Old Grey Whore is apparently a pimp, too.

Hank Rearden  posted on  2018-06-10   11:53:49 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Deckard (#0)

The records were reviewed as part of the DOJ’s investigation into James Wolfe, director of security for the Senate Intelligence Committee, whose role involved protecting classified information shared with committee members and interacting with witnesses who met with the panel.

Watkins was targeted in the investigation due to a previous romantic relationship she had had with Wolfe. Last year, she refused to answer questions from the FBI about her relationship with Wolfe and denied that he was a source for her articles.

Treason is treason,and if she was involved as an accomplice,her job as a reporter is irrelevant when it comes to evidence.

The way *I* understand it is a reporters notes can't be touched as long as all the reporter is doing is reporting on political activity,but that changes when the reporter is an accomplice to the crime.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2018-06-10   14:34:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Deckard (#0)

The Trump administration’s probe into a journalist’s personal data carries echoes of the DOJ’s seizure of similar records under President Barack Obama. In 2013, the department obtained records of 20 personal and work phone lines of several Associated Press reporters. The records included outgoing calls and were seized as the administration was attempting to crack down on leaks.

This seizure was without content of the communications.

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4498451/Justice-Department-Records-Seizure.pdf

DOJ to Ali Watkins notification regarding records, dated 13 Feb 2018.

[boldface added]

Dear Ms. Watkins:

Pursuant to 28 C.F.R. § 50.10, you are hereby notified that the United States Department of Justice has received the following records pursuant to legal process:

  • historical customer records, business records, and subscriber account information, not including the content of communications (except for communications between the subscriber and the provide) from account inception to November 2017, for certain accounts associated, with the Google ID [REDACTED], the phone number [REDACTED] the email address [REDACTED] @gmaiLcom, the email address [REDACTED]; and

  • historical information concerning the phone number [REDACTED] not including the contents of any communications (as defined under 18 U.S.C. §2510(8)), for the time period from February 1, 2017, to July 31, 2017, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 2703(d).

nolu chan  posted on  2018-06-10   15:25:53 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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