AP: Justice Department’s seizure of phone records an unprecedented intrusion

May 14, 2013

The U.S. Department of Justice has seized two months’ worth of phone records of calls made by reporters and editors.from the offices of the Associated Press news agency, in what appeared to be an effort to track down the source who disclosed an alleged Yemen terrorist plot story, The Guardian reports.

AP’s president and chief executive officer, Gary Pruitt, described it as “serious interference with AP’s constitutional rights to gather and report the news.”.

UPDATE 5/14/2013: slanted wording removed.