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News of AP Phone Snooping Lands on GC's Desk
Laura Malone, general counsel of the Associated Press, has found herself in the middle of a struggle with the Obama Administration over the global news organizations seized phone recordsor as AP put it: a serious interference with APs constitutional rights to gather and report the news.
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 APs newsgathering operations, and disclose information about APs activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know.
Asking that the records be destroyed or segregated, the letter indicates the AP might seek, if it proves necessary, guidance from appropriate judicial authorities.
"Obtaining a broad range of telephone records in order to ferret out a government leaker is an unacceptable abuse of power. Freedom of the press is a pillar of our democracy, and that freedom often depends on confidential communications between reporters and their sources."