FBI tracking reporters’ phone calls

A disturbing report from ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross says that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is collecting the telephone records of ABC News reporters, as well as reporters from the New York Times and Washington Post, in order to root out their confidential sources.

The FBI is looking for the sources as part of an ongoing investigation into leaks from the Central Intelligence Agency, the report said.

“It’s time for you to get some new cell phones, quick,” the source told us in an in-person conversation. . . .

Our reports on the CIA’s secret prisons in Romania and Poland were known to have upset CIA officials. The CIA asked for an FBI investigation of leaks of classified information following those reports.

People questioned by the FBI about leaks of intelligence information say the CIA was also disturbed by ABC News reports that revealed the use of CIA predator missiles inside Pakistan. — Brian Ross, ABC News

When people in national security related positions in government become aware of wrongdoing, they typically try to work within channels first, but those channels do not provide effective redress, several national security whistleblowers testified before Congress in February. Such whistleblowers wanting to expose government wrongdoing may find going to the press their only option and a last resort.

I would have posted this story much sooner, but I was busy changing my phone numbers. To protect yourself from retaliation, do not place calls from your landline or cell phone; only receive them. Instead, place calls from pay phones, and whenever possible, do not use the same pay phone twice, or even phones in the same neighborhood twice.

One thought on “FBI tracking reporters’ phone calls

  • August 11, 2007 at 2:28 am

    We are being Stalked.

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