There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know.Associated Press President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt • In a letter, sent to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, denouncing the Justice Department’s decision to acquire the phone records of AP journalists as well as a number of the wire service’s offices over a two-month period. The move came as a result of a 2012 AP story which leaked the news of a foiled attack on the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death. The move, which followed the Obama administration’s general policy of trying to shut down leaks, nonetheless was disowned by the White House. “We are not involved in decisions made in connection with criminal investigations, as those matters are handled independently by the Justice Department,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. “Any questions about an ongoing criminal investigation should be directed to the Department of Justice.” The move has been condemned by many journalists.
The saga of [Ariel] Castro and his alleged crimes is peppered with what-ifs. During the period that he is accused of holding the young women captive, authorities appeared at his home several times but never discovered the abducted women.Washington Post reporters Manuel Roig-Franzia, Jerry Markon and Luz Lazo • In a long, in-depth piece describing the alleged crimes of Ariel Castro and the young women he abducted. There were many warning signs — including a home relatives described as creepy before the abductions took place and an ongoing domestic violence case that a grand jury refused to hear. It’s a dark story, but read this one to the end. In related news, his brothers have spoken out about the incident, saying they were unaware of what was happening.
Early this am, an electrical transformer near the West Wing malfunctioned and set off a smoke alarm in the West Wing. The transformer problem was quickly resolved. Electricity and personnel access to the West Wing has returned to normal. The first family was unaffected.A White House official • Discussing reports of smoke in the West Wing of the White House this morning, which led to an evacuation. While the president doesn’t live in the West Wing (he lives in a residence between the East and West Wings), he works there.