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Feds Tracking ABC News Phone Calls in Leak Hunt

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Posted on May 15, 2006

A “senior law enforcement official” has told ABC News that the government, in trying to root out confidential sources, is tracking the phone numbers the news organization calls.

Maybe we should just start calling him George “Big Brother” Bush.

Update: An official acknowledges its “backtracking” of journalists’ phone records.


ABC News:

Brian Ross and Richard Esposito Report:

A senior federal law enforcement official tells ABC News the government is tracking the phone numbers we (Brian Ross and Richard Esposito) call in an effort to root out confidential sources.

“It’s time for you to get some new cell phones, quick,” the source told us in an in-person conversation.

ABC News does not know how the government determined who we are calling, or whether our phone records were provided to the government as part of the recently-disclosed NSA collection of domestic phone calls.

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On your satellite

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On your telephone
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Listening to me
On your satellite

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It gets me down, it gets me down, it gets me down
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All right. Good night, sleep tight

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