WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Associated Press sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, which accuses the Department of Justice of secretly collecting two months of telephone records from the AP. The records include calls from several bureaus and even the personal lines of some staffers.
Why would the DOJ focus in on the Associated Press? The AP is one of several news organizations that reported on a foiled terror plot last May 2012. Reports said a mole, recruited by the Saudis, infiltrated Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and was given a bomb to blow up an airplane but gave it to Saudi officials and reported details of the plot. According to AP, U.S. government officials said that the attorney general is investigating who may have leaked the information. So the Department of Justice may have been monitoring AP to see if they could determine who gave that information to the Associated Press.
The U.S. attorney's office in Washington says investigators are supposed to seek phone records only after making every effort to get infromation through other means.