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The US government has been keeping tabs on journalists at the Associated Press.
A move that news organization's chief calls a massive and unprecedented intrusion one that raises all sorts of questions about our government and freedom of the press.
According to the AP.
The Justice Department admitted on Friday it had secretly -- -- records for more than twenty phone lines some of them reporter's personal phones.
The records -- -- all incoming and outgoing calls over a two month time period so far Justice Department officials have not given a reason.
In a letter to the attorney general Eric Holder the AP's president and CEO demanded that the government return a phone records and destroy all copies he wrote.
There can be no possible justification for such an.
Over broad collection.
Of the telephone communications they disclose information about AP's activities and operations.
That the government has no conceivable right to know.
Catherine Herridge with the news live in Washington Kevin invokes the AP says say that they might know the reason for this.
-- -- -- the Associated Press confirming tonight that the Justice Department obtaining two months of records.
From early 2012 couple that with the attorney general's appointment last June of two US attorney's.
To investigate national security leaks and one of those -- it was into an Associated Press report.
On -- thwarted plot by al-Qaeda in Yemen she used another underwear bomb like this one to launch an attack against the US.
It turned out the so called terrorist was actually animal who was working for British intelligence.
And when you look at the basis of the data right now what you see is that the other leak investigation had to do with the New York Times story.
So we put two and two together it does seem related to that report -- and a lot of reaction coming in tonight.
Well that's where the Associated Press saying it got no notice and the US attorney's office seemed to address that -- tonight.
In a statement that reads in part quote.
We must notify the media organization in advance unless doing so would pose a substantial threat.
To the integrity of the investigation.
Because we value the freedom of the press we are always careful and deliberative.
Is seeking to strike the right balance between the public interest in the free flow of information.
And also a statement late tonight from the chairman of the government oversight committee -- ice who said this is it specially troubling coming in the wake of the -- -- claims and also that.
Of the IRS targeting conservative groups Catherine Herridge in Washington will blue.
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