FBI sought info on who read USA Today news article for case


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FloatingFatMan
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The FBI sought information about readers of an online article as part of an investigation, it has emerged.

 

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The agency demanded the newspaper USA Today hand over records on who had read an article about the killing of two FBI agents.

 

The newspaper's owner is resisting the request and asked a judge to quash the demand.

 

It says the FBI's demand is a "clear violation" of protections to press freedom.

 

The FBI issued a subpoena - an order to submit evidence - to USA Today's owner Gannett, asking it for information about anyone who clicked on an article published in February about the fatal shooting of two of the bureau's agents in Florida.

 

The subpoena sought the IP addresses and phone numbers for readers of the piece during a 35-minute window. IP addresses can be used to find a computer's location and owner.

 

"The information sought through this subpoena relates to a federal criminal investigation being conducted by the FBI," the order reads.

 

'Clear violation'

 

Gannett is asking a court to cancel the subpoena, saying it breaches the first amendment of the US constitution, which protects the free press from government interference.

 

"Being forced to tell the government who reads what on our websites is a clear violation of the first amendment," said Maribel Perez Wadsworth, USA Today's publisher.

 

"The FBI's subpoena asks for private information about readers of our journalism."

 

Ms Wadsworth said the the FBI's order broke the justice department's guidelines on the "narrow circumstances" in which the government can subpoena reporters.

 

Although Gannett's lawyers had tried to contact the FBI, the agency had not provided it with an explanation for the subpoena, she added.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-57367093

 

Given all the issues in recent years, it's really starting to look like there's something rotten deep inside the FBI...  Biden might want to look in to that...

 

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adrynalyne
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Wow.  

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FloatingFatMan
1 hour ago, adrynalyne said:

Wow.  

Dude, you have a talent for understatement! :p

 

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adrynalyne
1 minute ago, FloatingFatMan said:

Dude, you have a talent for understatement! :p

 

Its a talent I've picked up over the years :D

 

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Snake89

These days, it wouldn't shock me none about what the FBI is doing here.

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bguy_1986
On 05/06/2021 at 02:45, FloatingFatMan said:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-57367093

 

Given all the issues in recent years, it's really starting to look like there's something rotten deep inside the FBI...  Biden might want to look in to that...

 

Better off just shutting it down anymore...

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