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Department of Justice Defends AP Records Subpoena: May 14 and 15, 2013

Department of Justice Defends AP Records Subpoena: May 14 and 15, 2013

Department of justice defends AP records subpoena: May 14 and 15, 2013

While the news outlet was working on a story in May 2012 about a covert Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operation, the Department of Justice secretly subpoenaed the phone records of more than twenty Associated Press (AP) phone lines. The Department said it was trying to determine where the AP had received leaked classified information, but the case set off a firestorm between the media, who accused the Department of Justice of violating First Amendment rights, and federal officials, who defended their move in the name of national security.

CIA Article Sparks Investigation

In the spring of 2012, the AP was working on a story ...

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