Well, we think it's fair to say that reporters at the Associated Press are none too happy with word that the government secured two months of phone records from the world's largest wire service for some murky leak investigation.
"Yeah, there's a bit of a freak out," an AP reporter tells us. "Clearly, I need to know whether it's specific to me in any way. They haven't told us specifically whose phones are on the list."
In an article on the seizures posted by the wire service, their top executive, Gary Pruitt, called it a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news.
When they found out about it, AP officials dashed off a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding the records be returned and copies destroyed. The pages contain information on 20 phone lines with work and home numbers for reporters, incoming and outgoing calls and the length of the calls.More »