AP Reaps the Obama Harvest

This article is a detailed complaint by the Associated Press of the Obama administration’s secret “criminal probe” into AP reporters’ personal and professional phone calls:

In a letter of protest sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said the government sought and obtained information far beyond anything that could be justified by any specific investigation. He demanded the return of the phone records and destruction of all copies.

“There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know,” Pruitt said.

The government would not say why it sought the records.

This is likely to be interesting.  Comments are coming in at the rate of dozens per minute — and most are in the “reap what you sow” tone. If the AP decides to stop protecting the administration, which now seems possible, the information they disclose could be very problematic for President Obama.

As Steven Goddard at RealScience notes, Obama seems to be recapping the greatest hits of President Nixon … that led to his departure. Apparently AP got on Obama’s “enemies list” when they reported the Yemen leak a year ago.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

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