So we learn from this Associated Press story. It hints that the records' acquisition may stem from a DOJ inquiry into the disclosure, last year, of classified material to the AP---regarding the CIA's disruption of an AQAP effort to blow up a bomb on an airplane traveling to the United States.
Latest in Secrecy: Press Subpoenas
Paul makes a good point that digital technology and data analytics make it easier for the government to track journalists’ movements and ascertain the persons in government with whom they communicate. Charlie Savage makes the same point in his story yesterday on the leak investigations: “[I]t is easier today than in earlier eras to build a circumstantial case that a particular off
One item in Jack's post on the upcoming leak investigations caught my eye -- he noted that "It is hard to discover leakers without access to journalists’ testimony or notes (which are hard to obtain)."
The New York Times and columnists Charlie Savage and Scott Shane have filed suit under the Freedom of Information Act against the Department of Justice for access to the OLC memo authorizing the targeted killing of Anwar Al-Aulaqi.
Here is the July 29 opinion in which Judge Brinkema explains why NYT reporter James Risen will not have to testify, in the Jeffrey Sterling leak prosecution, about whether Sterling was Risen’s source for Chapter 9 of State of War and related matters.
Shane Harris of Washingtonian magazine has a lengthy profile on the magazine's web site of William Welch, who is the Justice Department's point man on leaks cases. It's a hard-hitting and unflattering piece that suggests that Welch is over-aggressive and may have played a larger role in the misconduct associated with the prosecution of former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens than he has acknowledged.
The invaluable Steve Aftergood, over at Secrecy News, is reporting:
Attorneys for New York Times reporter James Risen yesterday asked a court to quash a subpoena requiring him to testify in the case of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who is accused of leaking classified information to Mr. Risen.