EXCLUSIVE; Inside AP phone taps,tip Iceburg
The Justice Department used a secret subpoena to obtain two months of phone records for Associated Press reporters and editors without notifying the news organization, a senior department official tells NBC News, saying the step was necessary to avoid "a substantial threat to the integrity" of an ongoing leak investigation.
Ronald C. Machen, Jr., the U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C
Machen is conducting an investigation into the leak of classified information about a foiled terror plot in Yemen last year. An AP story last spring reported details of a CIA operation in Yemen that stopped an al Qaeda plot to detonate a bomb on an airplane bound for the United States.
This was a very serious leak about an al-Qaeda operation and may have exposed
secret operatives, an inside lead they’re trying to find out who may be leaking this information and what other info was leaked and to whom.
AP even notified Gov about story & held story back for a time at
request of Government.
Attorney general Erci Holder is not in the loup,
possible suspect, he was also questioned by investigators,
as well as CIA head.
Not clear if Holder has recused him self or was recused on
someone elses orders.
This investigation runs to the highest levels, some
allies are reluctant to share intel until the leak is found and
Its rational to assume AP email accounts have been penetrated
as well as Corp computers & reporters PCs.
They will find this high level leak, suspected possible SPY.
This leak came from Obamas inter sanctum,
heads will roll.
Our sources inside Belt way;
DOJ has high level stuxnet etal investigation in process, related to inside leaks, Russians have keen interest in Stuxnet, Chinese also, G
UPDATE; May 13,2013
It doesn't appear DOJ broke any laws, just their own
guidelines, which are not laws.
The AP’s reporting also led to other stories involving an operative in place within AQAP, and details of the operations he was involved in. That operative, it was feared, would be exposed and targeted by AQAP as retribution for siding with the United States.
At a press conference Tuesday, Holder confirmed he’d recused himself and said “This was a very, very serious leak.”
Attorney General recused himself from this matter. Since that time, this investigation has been conducted by the FBI under the direction of the U.S. Attorney and the supervision of the Deputy Attorney General, who has served as the Acting Attorney General overseeing this investigation.
Ronald C. Machen, Jr., the U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C ,
is the SECRET SPECIAL PROSECUTOR, with extensive
authority and access to everyone,
He has authority to investigate, TAP ANYONE, already
investigated head of CIA & Atty General, Holder.
The part of the story that amazes me is how ignorant
MSN is about the loss of RIGHTS in America,
whining about THEIR loss of rights, due process,
rule of law while ignoring the loss for all Americans.
SEE LINK BELOW.
We have extensively covered the loss of privacy
and Constitutional Rights in the pursuit of terrorism.
WELL WORTH THE READ, SCARY
The New Yorker has gone to extensive lengths to
protect their sources.
His information was said to have led to the U.S. drone strike that killed a senior Al Qaeda leader, Fahd Mohammed Ahmed Quso, on May 6, 2012. U.S. officials say Quso had helped direct the terrorist attack on the Cole, a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer, in a Yemeni harbor in October 2000. The suicide bombing killed 17 U.S. sailors and nearly sank the warship.
The informant, reportedly a British subject of Saudi birth, also had convinced members of Al Qaeda’s feared Yemeni affiliate that he wanted to blow up a U.S. passenger jet. He was trained and outfitted with the latest version of an underwear bomb designed to pass metal detectors and other airport safeguards, officials say.
They said spy services could make it appear that the underwear bomb had failed and could send their agent back to Yemen to help identify and track Al Qaeda’s top bomb makers and planners.
The Associated Press distributed a wire story on May 7, 2012, that disclosed details of the bombing plot. After that, officials said, the potential for using the informant again was lost.
The AP did not mention the informant in its report. But its story set off a cascade of disclosures, and by the end of the next day, other news organizations, including the Los Angeles Times, were reporting on the informant's role.
The Feds have been on this leak for quite awhile,
lie detectors for top level Feds the works,
and haven't found the leak.
So they resorted to the AP massive phone
numbers collection as a last resort.
I would expect they also gained acces to AP
emails also, which hasn't been released to the public
Since 911 in USA 17 Americans have been killed by terrorists,
in the same time frame 300 killed in bath tubs,
WHEN DO WE GET OUR RIGHTS BACK?