FBI agents now impersonating Associated Press reporters

Thursday, November 20, 2014
By Paul Martin

J. D. Heyes
Thursday, November 20, 2014

In an unbelievable act that the agency’s top officials are defending, the FBI has admitted that it created a phony news story in 2007 using an impersonation of an Associated Press (AP) reporter during a criminal investigation.

Shocked freedom of the press advocates say that the action has blurred the lines between the media and law enforcement in an irreparable manner, and it has generated no shortage of questions and concerns about whether the FBI even followed its own protocols.

In a recent letter to The New York Times, Director James Comey said that an FBI agent “portrayed himself as an employee of The Associated Press” seven years ago in order to catch a 15-year-old student who was suspected of making bomb threats at a high school near Olympia, Washington.

In early November, reports surfaced that the FBI had forged the AP story for its investigation, but Director Comey revealed in his letter to the Times that the agency actually went further by having an agent disguise himself as a reporter for the global newswire.

The top FBI official said that the agent who posed as an AP reporter requested the suspect review a phony AP article about threats and cyber attacks aimed at the school, “to be sure that the anonymous suspect was portrayed fairly.”

Final nail in the coffin for trust in the media (and government agencies)?

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