Leak Investigation

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CPJ calls on Biden administration to create protections to prevent subpoenas of reporters’ records

June 11, 2021President Joseph R. BidenThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20500 Sent via email Dear President Biden, The Committee to Protect Journalists, a non-governmental organization that defends global press freedom, is writing to express grave concern about the use of secret subpoenas by your predecessor’s Justice Department to obtain reporters’ communication records. We…

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The Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C. The aggressive pursuit of people suspected of leaking information to the press is having an impact on reporting, national security journalists say. (Reuters/Yuri Gripas)

Leak prosecutions under Trump chill national security beat

When President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, William Barr, was asked at his confirmation hearing in January whether he would ever consider jailing a journalist, Barr paused for about eight seconds, then said he could “conceive of a situation” where a journalist is jailed as a “last resort.” Such equivocation was troubling to press…

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