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AP Slams Justice Department Over Seizure of Phone Records – Yahoo! Movies

By Tim Kenneally

Associated Press president and chief executive officer Gary Pruitt lashed out at the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday, accusing department of seizing records for more than 20 phone lines assigned to journalists in the AP’s New York City, Washington, D.C. and Hartford, Conn., bureaus, as well as in the House of Representatives and the AP’s general number in New York City, in what Pruitt called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion.”

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Pruitt slams the department and demands that the seized records to be returned.”I am writing to object in the strongest possible terms to a massive and unprecedented intrusion by the Department of Justice into the newsgathering activities of The Associated Press,” Pruitt writes. “There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters … While we evaluate our options we urgently request that you immediately return to the AP the telephone toll records that the department subpeonaed and destroy all copies.”

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The mainstream news coverage for the last four years proves that the AP and our Administration are best buds! I’m sure the government thought it would be perfectly fine to listen in on a friend’s phone call. I’m sure it’s just a misunderstanding, maybe they meant to start a conference call and made a mistake…

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