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Holder Approved Search Warrant of Reporter’s Emails

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While Attorney General Eric Holder may have recused himself in the Associated Press probe he did approve the search warrant for a Fox News reporter’s emails. The information was revealed yesterday as President Obama spoke on his administration’s support for press freedom.

Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on a controversial search warrant that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act and authorized seizure of his private emails, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Thursday.

The disclosure of the attorney general’s role came as President Barack Obama, in a major speech on his counterterrorism policy, said Holder had agreed to review Justice Department guidelines governing investigations that involve journalists.

Though Rosen was named a “co-conspirator” the Justice Department is not pursuing a case against him which seems to mean they may have misled the judge about their intentions in order to gain access to the information knowing they were not going to pursue a case.

Rosen, who has not been charged in the case, was nonetheless the target of a search warrant that enabled Justice Department investigators to secretly seize his private emails after an FBI agent said he had “asked, solicited and encouraged … (a source) to disclose sensitive United States internal documents and intelligence information.”

Not surprisingly the media is outraged. The violation of their privacy is not only unconstitutional but is a threat to journalism itself. Without the ability to provide protection for sources general, let alone investigative, journalism is impossible.

Attorney General Holder has yet to offer an explanation for his actions.

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Holder Approved Search Warrant Of Reporter’s Emails

While Attorney General Eric Holder may have recused himself in the Associated Press probe he did approve the search warrant for a Fox News reporter’s emails. The information was revealed yesterday as President Obama spoke on his administration’s support for press freedom.

Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on a controversial search warrant that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act and authorized seizure of his private emails, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Thursday.

The disclosure of the attorney general’s role came as President Barack Obama, in a major speech on his counterterrorism policy, said Holder had agreed to review Justice Department guidelines governing investigations that involve journalists.

Though Rosen was named a “co-conspirator” the Justice Department is not pursuing a case against him which seems to mean they may have misled the judge about their intentions in order to gain access to the information knowing they were not going to pursue a case.

Rosen, who has not been charged in the case, was nonetheless the target of a search warrant that enabled Justice Department investigators to secretly seize his private emails after an FBI agent said he had “asked, solicited and encouraged … (a source) to disclose sensitive United States internal documents and intelligence information.”

Not surprisingly the media is outraged. The violation of their privacy is not only unconstitutional but is a threat to journalism itself. Without the ability to provide protection for sources general, let alone investigative, journalism is impossible.

Attorney General Holder has yet to offer an explanation for his actions.

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