« | »

DOJ Probe’s Fox News James Rosen For ‘Leaks’

From the Washington Post:

A rare peek into a Justice Department leak probe

By Ann E. Marimow | May 19, 2013

When the Justice Department began investigating possible leaks of classified information about North Korea in 2009, investigators did more than obtain telephone records of a working journalist suspected of receiving the secret material.

They used security badge access records to track the reporter’s comings and goings from the State Department, according to a newly obtained court affidavit. They traced the timing of his calls with a State Department security adviser suspected of sharing the classified report. They obtained a search warrant for the reporter’s personal e-mails.

The case of Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, the government adviser, and James Rosen, the chief Washington correspondent for Fox News, bears striking similarities to a sweeping leaks investigation disclosed last week in which federal investigators obtained records over two months of more than 20 telephone lines assigned to the Associated Press

But there won’t be any mainstream media outrage over this, because it happened to a Fox News reporter.

The Kim case began in June 2009, when Rosen reported that U.S. intelligence officials were warning that North Korea was likely to respond to United Nations sanctions with more nuclear tests. The CIA had learned the information, Rosen wrote, from sources inside North Korea.

The story was published online the same day that a top-secret report was made available to a small circle within the intelligence community — including Kim, who at the time was a State Department arms expert with security clearance.

FBI investigators used the security-badge data, phone records and e-mail exchanges to build a case that Kim shared the report with Rosen soon after receiving it, court records show

And never mind that the New York Times and Washington Post have both been flowing rivers of such secret leaks for years now.

The court documents don’t name Rosen, but his identity was confirmed by several officials, and he is the author of the article at the center of the investigation. Rosen and a spokeswoman for Fox News did not return phone and e-mail messages seeking comment.

Reyes wrote that there was evidence Rosen had broken the law, “at the very least, either as an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator.” That fact distinguishes his case from the probe of the AP, in which the news organization is not the likely target

Obama would never target his media comrades.

Privacy protections limit searching or seizing a reporter’s work, but not when there is evidence that the journalist broke the law against unauthorized leaks. A federal judge signed off on the search warrant — agreeing that there was probable cause that Rosen was a co-conspirator…

However, it remains an open question whether it’s ever illegal, given the First Amendment’s protection of press freedom, for a reporter to solicit information. No reporter, including Rosen, has been prosecuted for doing so…

Gee, what a surprise.

And never mind that Mr. Obama is publically calling for the enactment of the so-called media shield law, which would probably go a long way towards protecting Mr. Rosen.

From the Associated Press:

Obama: Time to revisit enacting media shield law

May 16 20132

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is defending investigations into government leaks, saying they are necessary for national security.

But he also says it’s important to balance such inquiries with the need for a free press. Obama says he has confidence in his attorney general, Eric Holder…

Obama says it’s time to renew discussions about a federal shield law that would protect journalists and their employers from having to reveal sources."

But, of course, not for Fox News reporters.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, May 20th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “DOJ Probe’s Fox News James Rosen For ‘Leaks’”

  1. Petronius

    “No reporter, including Rosen, has [ever] been prosecuted for doing so…”

    Yes, but this isn’t your daddy’s America anymore.

  2. Liberals Demise

    I see a new use for Gitmo when SideshObama releases the innocent combatants there.

  3. captstubby

    “in 1915, the Administration of Woodrow Wilson had taken the irrevocable step toward the abridgement of civil liberties enshrined in the US Constitution. Wilson forced Congress to pass the Espionage Act. This act empowered the Post Master General of the US Albert Sidney Burleson the right to refuse to deliver mail considered unpatriotic or was critical of US war conduct and policy. The Attorney General, Thomas Gregory went even further: Hew was a progressive, responsible for nominating Louis Brandeis to the US Supreme Court.. He pushed through a law that made even thought of criticism a “crime”. Wilson using the emergency of war as a pretext pushed through an ever obliging Congress a Sedition Act that made it punishable by 20 years in jail “to utter,print, write or publish any disloyal, profane, scurrilous or abusive language about the governemnt of the United States”.

  4. Thank God it wasn’t the New York Times

    /sarcasm


« Front Page | To Top
« | »