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Mon May 20, 2013, 12:08 PM

WaPo: DOJ Spied On Fox News Reporter (a perfect example of media complicity - updated)

WaPo: DOJ Spied On Fox News Reporter

In its 2009 investigation of a leak related to North Korea, the Department of Justice spied extensively on Fox News Channel's chief Washington correspondent James Rosen, according to a report published in the Washington Post.

Using security badge access, the DOJ tracked Rosen's comings and goings from the State Department, according to WaPo. Moreover, the DOJ traced the timing of Rosen's phone calls with a State Department security adviser and obtained a search warrant to access his personal emails.

Read WaPo's entire report here.

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/wapo-doj-spied-on-fox-news-reporter

This is a perfect example of media complicity. In order to make the AP incident appear worse than it is, they dig up and break old news stories. Here is a very detailed 2011 report on the very incident.

WASHINGTON — Stephen J. Kim, an arms expert who immigrated from South Korea as a child, spent a decade briefing top government officials on the dangers posed by North Korea. Then last August he was charged with violating the Espionage Act — not by aiding some foreign adversary, but by revealing classified information to a Fox News reporter.

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Mr. Kim rarely spoke with reporters and sometimes expressed alarm about leaks, colleagues say. But in March 2009, a State Department press officer asked Mr. Kim to speak about North Korea to a Fox News reporter, James Rosen, and the two began to talk and exchange e-mails. Mr. Kim sent some e-mails under an online pseudonym, “Leo Grace.”

On June 11, 2009, Mr. Rosen reported that “the Central Intelligence Agency has learned, through sources inside North Korea,” that Pyongyang was likely to respond to a United Nations resolution condemning its nuclear and missile tests with more tests and other measures. The news was no surprise, but C.I.A. officials were furious that a top-secret analysis had been leaked almost instantly, according to a former government official. (A Fox News spokesman said Mr. Rosen declined to comment.)

When F.B.I. agents questioned Mr. Kim, he claimed he had spoken to Mr. Rosen only once. He admitted to more contacts only after agents confronted him with evidence, according to court filings. His trial is probably months away; if convicted, Mr. Kim, 43, could be sentenced to 15 years in prison.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/18/us/politics/18leak.html


From the current WaPo story:

Rosen instructed Kim to send him coded signals on his Google account, according to a quote from his e-mail in the affidavit: “One asterisk means to contact them, or that previously suggested plans for communication are to proceed as agreed; two asterisks means the opposite.”

He also wrote, according to the affidavit: “What I am interested in, as you might expect, is breaking news ahead of my competitors” including “what intelligence is picking up.” And: “I’d love to see some internal State Department analyses.”

Court documents show abundant evidence gathered from Kim’s office computer and phone records, but investigators said they needed to go a step further to build their case, seizing two days’ worth of Rosen’s personal e-mails — and all of his e-mail exchanges with Kim.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/a-rare-peek-into-a-justice-department-leak-probe/2013/05/19/0bc473de-be5e-11e2-97d4-a479289a31f9_story.html

This was a reporter fishing for classified information. Subpoenas and warrants were issued in the Rosen case.

For all we know Fox was going to spin us into a war. Remember this is Fox Noise's Rosen, not James Risen: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=2871030

Please kick and recommend this important thread
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022857091

The AP's being investigated by a grand jury for who they coordinated with in Congress over the leak.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022848186

AP Leak ended informant's rare opportunity, why DOJ went after AP records
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022869034

Updated to add:

Brit Hume: DOJ Surveilling Fox Reporter ‘A Little Chilling’ (VIDEO)

Fox News Channel's Brit Hume sounded a note of concern on Monday following a report that the Department of Justice surveilled one of the cable news network's reporters, saying the Obama administration has set a potentially "chilling" precedent for the way government interacts with journalists.

"Where this crosses, it seems to me, a clear and bright line is when they subpoenaed the phone records on the pretext — I would call it a pretext, even indeed possibly a pretense — that this activity was criminal," Hume said during an appearance on the network. "That places this administration in the position of saying that normal news-gathering activities of journalists are possibly criminal or are criminal. That is a little chilling."

The Washington Post reported Sunday that a 2009 DOJ probe included the tracking of Fox reporter James Rosen's comings and goings at the State Department, the timing of his calls with a State Department official and the acquisition of a search warrant for his personal emails.

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http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/brit-hume-dojs-spying-on-fox-reporter-little

The United States has set a "'chilling' precedent" by considering Fox Noise journalism.

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Reply WaPo: DOJ Spied On Fox News Reporter (a perfect example of media complicity - updated) (Original post)
ProSense May 2013 OP
DCKit May 2013 #1
ProSense May 2013 #2
DCKit May 2013 #3
ProSense May 2013 #4
DCKit May 2013 #6
ProSense May 2013 #5
ProSense May 2013 #7
HeroInAHalfShell May 2013 #9
ProSense May 2013 #10
HeroInAHalfShell May 2013 #11
ProSense May 2013 #12
HeroInAHalfShell May 2013 #13
ProSense May 2013 #14
HeroInAHalfShell May 2013 #16
woo me with science May 2013 #24
leftynyc May 2013 #17
HeroInAHalfShell May 2013 #19
ProSense May 2013 #8
HeroInAHalfShell May 2013 #15
brett_jv May 2013 #18
LeftInTX May 2013 #20
ProSense May 2013 #21
DCKit May 2013 #22
sigmasix May 2013 #23

Response to ProSense (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 12:41 PM

1. Fox News Reporter = Stenographer

 

Editors.

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Response to DCKit (Reply #1)

Mon May 20, 2013, 12:47 PM

2. This is key

"spent a decade briefing top government officials on the dangers posed by North Korea"

After graduation, he went to work at the Center for Naval Analyses, where he analyzed US operations in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. After 9/11, he moved to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he focused on North Korea. He briefed the Defense Policy Board on his work, as well as Kissinger, Hadley, and Cheney. He also worked at the Office of Net Assessment under the Secretary of Defense, analyzing Chinese nuclear issues.[1][6]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Jin-Woo_Kim

Why did he suddenly decide to leak, and to Fox?

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Response to ProSense (Reply #2)

Mon May 20, 2013, 12:57 PM

3. For one thing, any intelligent person wouldn't have leaked to Fox.

 

You don't have to watch a lot of TV to understand that a whore will give you up in a heartbeat if it saves her (it) from a night in jail.

Another manufactured conspiracle.

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Response to DCKit (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 01:24 PM

4. Well,

"For one thing, any intelligent person wouldn't have leaked to Fox."

...watch as the Fox Noise uses this to try to gain credibility. Watch as people defend an idiot fishing for classified information to beat the competition.

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Response to ProSense (Reply #4)

Mon May 20, 2013, 02:17 PM

6. That pussy/butt fart your heard...

 

may be the shot heard 'round the world.

They're going to need a scapegoat and, if they don't get somebody on the lower levels, Eric Cantor is going to sacrifice Boner.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 01:39 PM

5. Rubio ‘Very Concerned’ That Obama Admin. ‘Targeted A Fox News Reporter’

Rubio ‘Very Concerned’ That Obama Admin. ‘Targeted A Fox News Reporter’

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Monday issued a statement in which he expressed concern at a report that the Department of Justice surveilled Fox News reporter James Rosen as part of a 2009 leak probe.

The junior Florida senator said that it's President Barack Obama's fault for creating a "culture" wherein it is necessary to ask if the government is bullying journalists deemed unfriendly to the White House.

"We must insist that federal agents not use legitimate investigations as an excuse to harass journalists they deem unfriendly to the President or the Administration," Rubio said. "We shouldn’t even have to ask if our government would do such a thing, but unfortunately as the unfolding IRS scandal shows, this White House has created a culture where we do have to explicitly make these kinds of requests.”

The full statement:

“I am very concerned by reports the Obama Administration targeted a FOX News reporter for possible criminal prosecution for doing what appears to be normal news-gathering protected by the First Amendment. The sort of reporting by James Rosen detailed in the report is the same sort of reporting that helped Mr. Rosen aggressively pursue questions about the Administration’s handling of Benghazi. National security leaks are criminal and put American lives on the line, and federal prosecutors should, of course, vigorously investigate. But we expect that they do so within the bounds of the law, and that the investigations focus on the leakers within the government – not on media organizations that have First Amendment protections and serve vital function in our democracy. We must insist that federal agents not use legitimate investigations as an excuse to harass journalists they deem unfriendly to the President or the Administration. We shouldn’t even have to ask if our government would do such a thing, but unfortunately as the unfolding IRS scandal shows, this White House has created a culture where we do have to explicitly make these kinds of requests.”

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/rubio-very-concerned-that-obama-admin-targeted-fox

Let's talk the media, Republicans and Benghazi: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022868542

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 02:32 PM

7. Fox News Executive Slams DOJ For Naming Reporter ‘Criminal Co-Conspirator’

Fox News Executive Slams DOJ For Naming Reporter ‘Criminal Co-Conspirator’

Fox News issued a blistering statement on Monday condemning the Department of Justice for surveilling their chief Washington correspondent James Rosen during a 2009 investigation into a leak of classified information regarding North Korea.

“We are outraged to learn today that James Rosen was named a criminal co-conspirator for simply doing his job as a reporter. In fact, it is downright chilling," said Michael Clemente, executive vice president of news editorial, according to a statement obtained by TVNewser. "We will unequivocally defend his right to operate as a member of what up until now has always been a free press.”

After successfully obtaining a signed warrant, the Department of Justice tracked Rosen's comings and goings from the State Department. Investigators also monitored his private and public phone calls and private email messages with a State Department security adviser the government suspected was responsible of leaking classified information.

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/fox-news-executive-slams-doj-for-naming-reporter

Cry me a river, asshole.

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Response to ProSense (Reply #7)

Mon May 20, 2013, 03:21 PM

9. What did James Rosen do that broke the law in order to be targeted?

 

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Response to HeroInAHalfShell (Reply #9)

Mon May 20, 2013, 03:27 PM

10. In case

"What did James Rosen do that broke the law in order to be targeted?"

...you missed it: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=2871993

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Response to ProSense (Reply #10)

Mon May 20, 2013, 03:36 PM

11. So should we be against Bradley Manning?

 

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Response to HeroInAHalfShell (Reply #11)

Mon May 20, 2013, 03:39 PM

12. Are you lost? n/t

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Response to ProSense (Reply #12)

Mon May 20, 2013, 03:49 PM

13. Just trying to figure out when its good to give up information about your government

 

and when it is not good to give up information.

sometimes you are looked at as a hero and other you are looked at as the devil.

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Response to HeroInAHalfShell (Reply #13)

Mon May 20, 2013, 03:55 PM

14. Well,

"Just trying to figure out when its good to give up information about your government and when it is not good to give up information.

sometimes you are looked at as a hero and other you are looked at as the devil."

...anyone who leaks damaging classified information never looks like a "hero" to me.

Reporter Says He First Learned of C.I.A. Operative From Rove
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022850304

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Response to ProSense (Reply #14)

Mon May 20, 2013, 04:17 PM

16. I still don't see how Rosen broke the law?

 

Is it illegal to publish information that he was given? shouldn't we be concerned on who gave him the information?

instead of showing me other threads that you made, can you explain it to me?

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Response to HeroInAHalfShell (Reply #16)

Sun May 26, 2013, 12:52 AM

24. No, she can't.

That was thoroughly established in this embarrassment of a thread: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022897356#op

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Response to HeroInAHalfShell (Reply #11)

Mon May 20, 2013, 04:28 PM

17. Many here - including myself

 

are not supporters of what Bradley Manning did. He leaked classified information with no regard to how it would be used or if he was putting lives in danger. Much like this fox news clown. I'm no hypocrite.

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #17)

Mon May 20, 2013, 04:43 PM

19. thank you for your honesty!

 

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 02:35 PM

8. READ: FBI’s Affidavit For Search Warrant OF Fox’s James Rosen

READ: FBI’s Affidavit For Search Warrant OF Fox’s James Rosen
http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/read-fbis-affidavit-for-search-warrant-of-foxs

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 04:00 PM

15. So then James Rosen should be in Jail? how is he still walking free?

 

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 04:31 PM

18. So far all I've seen is a quote from a single FBI agent saying that Rosen did something illegal ...

Which means diddly-squat. Have criminal charges against this reporter been filed recently?

Not to mention, this all happened in 2009 ... why is there suddenly a bunch of 'news' about the case now? Coincidence that it comes on the heels of the IRS and AP probes? I have to think ... NOT.

Rubio appears to be totally full of shit, as always. There's no evidence (yet) that the Administration had ANYTHING to do with this probe. And there's no sign that anything illegal was done, it appears everything went through the proper channels. Not to mention (unless there's been a recent filing of charges against Rosen that I've not yet seen), all this happened well before Benghazi, so to even bring Benghazi up in this context is pretty disingenuous. The 2009 probe is very clearly NOT some kind of retribution for Rosen's so-called 'aggressive' reportage re: Benghazi in 2012/2013.

Of course I never expect the rightwing scum to do ANYTHING but lie and misrepresent in order to make Obama look bad.

Following their instructions from the neocon Think Tanks to a T. We'll get absolutely NOTHING out of Congress this year apart from partisan witch-hunts and endless 'investigations'.

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Response to brett_jv (Reply #18)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:33 PM

20. Yeah, this seems like old news

The date on the affidavit is May 28, 2010

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #20)

Mon May 20, 2013, 10:01 PM

21. Yeah:

"The date on the affidavit is May 28, 2010 "

...Breaking!

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Response to ProSense (Reply #21)

Tue May 21, 2013, 12:06 AM

22. It is now.

 

It's also odd that so many low post members are flocking to this thread. Very odd.

It's not the crime, it's the cover-up... what's going on?

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Response to DCKit (Reply #22)

Sat May 25, 2013, 11:51 PM

23. teabagger sock puppets

Teabaggers are flooding the internets with manufactured outrage and Roger Ailes talking points. They refuse to admit to the willfull inability to understand the crimes being investigated as real and present danger for our courageous military and intelligence workers. Willfull ignorance has become the calling card for all of the new Republican/Fox "news" party supporters. Fox "news" does not employ journalists; they employ entertainers that pretend to be journalists. America's news media has been destroyed by Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes and thousands of fear filled and hate fueled bigots. Teabagger hatred for America began with the victory of the Union over the rebel confederates in the civil war. Every liberty and freedom that has been achieved by Americans since the civil war is another reason for treasonous bigots to hate America. Treasonous teabaggers are doing thier level best to bring about the destruction of this democracy- the actions of Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes have toxified our information sources to the point of mass cognitive dissonance, a state that right wing extremists flourish in.
Anyone that claims Rupert Murdoch is in the news business is either willfully ignorant or complicit in the destruction of American news media.
Why do teabaggers hate the truth?

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