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Justice revises rules for obtaining media records, promises notification in most instances
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, February 21, 2014 5:12 PM EST
The Justice Department is revising its rules for obtaining records from the news media in leak investigations, promising that in most instances the government will notify news organizations beforehand of its intention to do so.
The regulation follows disclosures that the Justice Department secretly subpoenaed almost two months' worth of telephone records for 21 phone lines used by reporters and editors for The Associated Press.
Separately, the department secretly used a search warrant to obtain some emails of a Fox News journalist.
The episodes, which involved leaks of classified material, prompted widespread criticism, and Attorney General Eric Holder promised to toughen his department's guidelines for such investigations.