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Reporters asked questions that's what they do government sources give answers sometimes but what happens if the source gives away.
Too much are both parties at fault as the reporter committed a crime.
The story hits home.
Close here at fox and the reporter in question is our own James -- correspondent Shannon Bream reports.
It's a very dangerous notion -- the notion that the press becomes.
By gathering information.
But that is exactly -- an FBI agent characterize the conduct of Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen.
When alleging that he obtained a top secret intelligence report from a State Department source.
FBI agent Reginald ray as in an affidavit filed in support of a request for a search warrant.
Said he believed DeRozan had broken the law quote at the very least either as -- a -- a batter and or co conspirator.
The notion of cleaning.
The label of criminal on the press because it gathers news from someone who may not have the authority to provide the news.
As extremely dangerous.
Rosen who says quote.
As a reporter I always honor the confidentiality.
Of my dealings with all of my sources.
Was not contacted by any government or law enforcement represented -- during the investigation.
Which included not only accessing his personal email account but also tracking his movements at the State Department the F his building pass.
Michael Clemente executive vice president of news and fox says quote.
We are outraged to learn today that James Rosen was named a criminal co conspirator for simply doing his job as a reporter in fact it is downright chilling.
We will unequivocally defend his right to operate as a member of what up until now has always then a free press.
The Justice Department today saying leaks of classified information to the press can pose a serious risk of harm to national security added investigators had followed quote.
All applicable laws regulations and longstanding Department of Justice policies.
Intended to safeguard the First Amendment interests of the press in reporting the news and the public in -- yet there -- a balance white house Press Secretary Jay Carney says the president also respects.
He's a defender.
The right the press to pursue investigative.
Journalism he is also as I said as president and as a citizen.
Insistent upon the need to make sure that classified leaks they can endanger our national security and endanger the lives of American women and men and women overseas.
-- -- be taken seriously.
Also today -- Justice Department inspector general's reported to a possible leak related to the gun walking operation fast and furious.
Quotes emails of both fox reporter William -- an -- and senior producer Mike Levine.
DOJ officials tell us they did not subpoena reporter emails or records in that investigation.
What matters is this is happening again and again and again.
And it really is.
Time to call a halt to it.
On Capitol Hill measures aimed at protecting reporters against being forced to reveal confidential sources have been introduced in both the house and senate.
And do have bipartisan support.
The president has said he will support legislation that strikes the appropriate balance -- -- -- and DC Shannon thank you.
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