Obama's Justice Department Spied On Fox News Reporter In 2010

In 2009 the Obama administration was at war with Fox News, up to and including trying to exclude the top-of-the-ratings cable network from pool reports, something that only ended with other members of the White House press corps objected.

But now it comes to light that in 2010, while investigating leaks at the State Department, the Obama Justice Department obtained a Fox News reporters emails and tracked his security card swipes at the State Department:

When the Justice Department began investigating possible leaks of classified information about North Korea in 2009, investigators did more than obtain telephone records of a working journalist suspected of receiving the secret material.

They used security badge access records to track the reporter’s comings and goings from the State Department, according to a newly obtained court affidavit. They traced the timing of his calls with a State Department security adviser suspected of sharing the classified report. They obtained a search warrant for the reporter’s personal e-mails.

The case of Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, the government adviser, and James Rosen, the chief Washington correspondent for Fox News, bears striking similarities to a sweeping leaks investigation disclosed last week in which federal investigators obtained records over two months of more than 20 telephone lines assigned to the Associated Press.

Not the same sort of sweeping information grab as Associated Press reporters faced, but this is chilling none-the-less.

And there is undoubtedly more revelations in this vein coming. Remember, Attorney General Eric Holder stated he can’t remember how many times he authorized spying on reporters.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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