The White House says it has a responsibility to protect
secrets, but First Amendment advocates say this latest disclosure shows that
the administration has, once again,
crossed the line.
It sounds like movie
Using pass card data, federal investigators tracked the
comings and goings of FOX news correspondent James Rosen at the U.S. State Department
-- they secretly obtained copies of his personal emails from a Google Gmail
All to build a case against his source at the State Department
who now faces charges for leaking information.
But Rosen, too, faced accusations... In a federal affidavit,
an FBI agent said Rosen acted -quote - "at the very least, either as an
aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator."
Coming on the heels of another Justice Department leak investigation
that widely ensnared the phone records of Associated Press reporters, the White
House offered only a carefully worded explanation saying the president supports
a free press but Press Secretary Jay Carney says, "We take very seriously
the leaks of classified information."
But Rosen was, by all indications, simply cultivating a
source and requesting information about U-S intelligence -- and the episode
drew a stinging response from FOX's Brit Hume.
"Oh heaven forbid.
The President and his Attorney General can recite all of the platitudes
they like about their respect for press freedom and the need for investigative
reporting, but this FBI affidavit contradicts them all," said Hume.
FOX's executive vice
president of news, Michael Clemente issued this statement:
"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. We will
unequivocally defend his right to operate as a member of what up until now has
always been a free press."
Stephen Kim, the alleged State Department source, is awaiting trial. At this time, no charges have been filed against Rosen.