Journalists were already rattled by the Department of Justice’s secret seizure of Associated Press phone records when Ann Marimow’s disturbing scoop in The Washington Post about the U.S. Department of Justice investigating Fox News reporter James Rosen hit this weekend.
• The government’s search warrant for Rosen’s email account says the reporter was “an aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator,” Ryan Lizza notes. “[I]t is unprecedented for the government, in an official court document, to accuse a reporter of breaking the law for conducting the routine business of reporting on government secrets.”
• “[T]his is the same argument the Justice Department has been using in their attempt to indict WikiLeaks and Julian Assange,” Trevor Timm writes. It also has echoes in the Pentagon Papers case, he writes. Read more