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Amid all the controversy over the Justice Department's seizure of phone records from the Associated Press doing a little snooping on reporters essentially.
We're getting word of a similar leak investigation -- may have gone even further this one dating back to 2009.
And involving a Fox News reporter.
-- Bream is live in Washington with that Shannon.
Was on there -- new revelations today about just how far Justice Department and FBI officials -- investigating an alleged leak involving our -- Fox News colleague James Rosen.
He was never contacted by the government despite an in depth investigation which according to the Washington Post.
Included obtaining a search warrant for his personal email account and tracking his movements by examining the use of his security -- at the State Department.
The post also details an affidavit by FBI agent Reginald -- as writing that he believed the evidence in the case showed -- had broken the law quote.
At the very least either as an -- -- a better and or co conspirator.
Suggesting that a reporters' efforts to obtain allegedly obtain information from a source could be viewed as engaging in criminal activity.
AP CEO Gary Pruitt said recent revelations about the fact that Justice Department secretly obtained the phone records of some twenty phone lines used by dozens of reporters.
Is already producing a ripple effects.
I think that it will hurt journalism in fact we're already seeing some impact already.
Officials that would normally talk to us and people we talked to in the normal course of news gathering are already saying to us that there are a little reluctant.
To talk to -- they fear that they they will be monitored by the government.
So we're already seeing it's not hypothetical.
We're actually seeing impact already.
The Justice Department according to the post says it has abided by all applicable laws regulations and department policies intended.
To safeguard the First Amendment interests of both the press and the public John.
All right Shannon Bream in Washington thank you.
So let's talk a little bit more about this -- And writer for the American conservative magazine.
Ellen Ratner bureau chief of talk radio news service and a Fox News contributor Jim you are fond of saying that information wants to be free cell in.
James Rosen -- cases since when does a reporter doing his job when does that amount to.
Criminal co conspiracy.
Well according to Glenn Greenwald who is a left of senator columnist for the guardian which they left of center newspaper in in the UK.
The Justice Department had every intention of but a trying to throw James Rosen in jail and convict him of of crimes they they had they had -- new vision of investigating leaks which has Greenwald says his piece.
Involves solicitation that is as it is not a -- to print classified information as it is trying to leak classified mission not a kind of print it.
So they had to say what -- it was actually soliciting these -- these other sources that the State Department it to give -- stuff and that was a crime.
-- this this according to him Greenwald is completely absolutely unprecedented and in US district.
You know Alan nobody wants to see you know -- secrets that are gonna really endanger the nation.
Opt out there are leaked but this was going to be this transparent most transparent administration in history.
And yes and there have been lots of people who have actually written about that popped back current slate wrote about the sort of history of this.
Most transparent -- government in history but I also want to say something.
I'm I'm not gotten US border Reporters Without Borders and supposedly the president supporting -- shield law.
While we would like to make it.
So that want it becomes actually a criminal act to try and identify who -- newspapers or news organizations sources.
Which would of course make that government.
Criminally active -- not James Rosen.
We believe look we should and we should protect something that is going to be imminent danger we don't want any news organizations uncovering a plot.
It's that would protect somebody from imminent danger everybody agrees on that.
But this is the I'm beyond taking somebody's records when there in -- out of the building comparing him to somebody else's records.
Not I just I can't even talk I'm -- Jim is probably lesson is that.
And I am in any -- I'm -- I'm pretty it was sex.
Jim is a very intellectual guy and he can process this stuff a lot faster than the rest of the standard -- I mean.
I wake up and I read in the Washington Post that our colleague James Rosen is having his personal emails snoop -- By federal agents that's a little creepy.
What if it does -- Kiffin and and it's NF Ryan Elisa who is a reporter for the New Yorker Magazine sent actually this morning saying that this this this that they invest -- Department of Justice investigation on Rosen.
Makes all the other scandals look like quote giant nothing burgers -- quote now.
The idea being here is this is really -- quantum leap even for this administration hot investigate as Greenwald points out.
They this the -- -- administration has investigated and prosecuted more leaguers and all other presidents put together.
And that's what does that pose a -- and if he's great having -- a leaky if you will present recipient of leads and got to try to look to him tell it to end the way we're not even done yet who knows what tomorrow there's -- -- And violent when our request for your request 50%.
-- FOIA request more.
Are denied it under Obama than bush and as we say and then and the news business this is having a chilling effect on news.
Am looking back.
That is the question I mean dude does all of this scouring you know for information about reporters and their sources what is the affect on journalism in this country -- what do you think.
Well as I said I think it's having a chilling effect it's going to make as -- eight.
I -- you know we eat live and -- our bread and butter is leaks and people telling us what's in the government.
And you know something when -- first became a journalist -- that I don't know about this and up front minus the White House said.
This is what keeps democracy is open.
Journalist Jim in the meantime the National Journal just during the course of that that we've been on the air the National Journal out on line.
Came out with a helpful bit of advice for the Obama administration it's an article titled five ways Obama can restore the public's trust and rescue his presidency.
And Ron -- the author includes this line in the opening swamped in controversies.
President Obama and his slow footed team are essentially telling the American public we're not crooked we -- just incompetent.
Helpful advice there from the media what if that is its.
Out of their available that the President Obama as mr.
-- strategy he doesn't see anything going on around Yemen and its other people's -- -- keep them from getting killed at the construction tighter although mr.
remove cartoons that.
Or -- like sergeant -- Hogan's Heroes he sees nothing.
I don't think this is sufficient I think that the the if if the president doesn't want to take responsibility as an executive of the federal.
Government for doing for -- imagining things.
Then -- have to fire a lot of people and -- if somebody else who will because.
Obviously this just as well that's up more does not mean your Allen saying that it's a pretty much the entire journalistic establishment well they are giving us plenty to talk about in these news watch segments that's one thing they're doing.
-- -- Jim Pinkerton Ellen Ratner thank you both thank you if you.
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