The Trump administration secretly obtained the telephone records of journalists Washington Post The U.S. newspaper reported Friday that it had written about allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
The U.S. Department of Justice sent a letter to reporters Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller, as well as former reporter Adam Entouce, saying they had received their telephone records from personal and work landlines and from their phones. From April 15, 2017 to July 31, 2017 ” Washington Post.
The newspaper “deeply offended the use of government authority to exchange information with journalists,” said Cameron Barr, editor-in-chief.
He said the “Department of Justice should immediately shed light on the possible reasons for intrusion into the activities of journalists protected by the First Amendment” in the United States Constitution.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has announced that its court has “acted at the behest of the government” against these journalists.
“This should never happen,” the ACLU tweeted. “When the government takes action against journalists and their resources, it compromises press freedom.”
The newspaper quoted a ministry spokesman as saying that the Justice Ministry had followed “established procedures” in relation to the request.
The letters to reporters did not say why the records were seized.
But at the end of this period, these three journalists wrote an article on American intelligence services, which later became the Attorney General under Donald Trump, discussing the campaign with the Russian ambassador.
Moscow has been accused of secretly backing Donald Trump’s candidacy in 2016 to promote his victory.