[Politech] FBI has sent 13 reporters letters over Adrian Lamo, from AP

From: Declan McCullagh (declan@private)
Date: Wed Oct 01 2003 - 16:23:20 PDT

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    FBI Issues Order to Media in Hacker Case
    Associated Press Writer
    October 1, 2003, 6:14 PM EDT
    WASHINGTON -- The FBI has notified 13 reporters that it might subpoena 
    their records regarding a hacker charged with breaking into The New York 
    Times' computer system.
    A Sept. 19 letter from the FBI directs Associated Press reporter Ted Bridis 
    to preserve any documents pertaining to Adrian Lamo, stating that the 
    request is in anticipation of an order requiring materials to be turned 
    over to federal law enforcement authorities. The FBI said Wednesday that 
    similar letters went to 12 other reporters or news organizations, which the 
    agency did not identify.
    Lamo, 22, has acknowledged hacking computer systems in the past two years, 
    including the news pages of Yahoo! Inc., and the public Web site of 
    WorldCom. He worked with the companies to fix the security weaknesses.
    David Tomlin, assistant general counsel of the AP, called the letters "a 
    government effort to turn the news media into criminal investigators." He 
    added, "Reporters who are viewed as tools of law enforcement, even against 
    their will, can't do the job the Constitution sets out for them. Thoughtful 
    prosecutors have generally recognized this and respect the key role that 
    independent reporting plays in our system. We hope that's not changing."
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