According to ABC News, the government is tracking phone numbers of ABC reporters in order to identify confidential sources.
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.
So much for the claim that the phone data they are collecting is only targeted at al Qaeda.
Other sources have told us that phone calls and contacts by reporters for ABC News, along with the New York Times and the Washington Post, are being examined as part of a widespread CIA leak investigation.
This should surprise no one who can recall recent history. Nixon had his “enemies list” and Bush has his “evil doers” be they foreign or domestic. Where is Frank Church when we need him?