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AP Head Open to Lawsuit for “Unconstitutional” DOJ Spying

HeadlineMay 20, 2013

The head of the Associated Press says the news group has not ruled out legal action against the Justice Department for the warrantless spying uncovered over the past week. The Justice Department has admitted to seizing the work, home and cellphone records of almost 100 AP reporters and editors. The action came as part of a probe into the leaks behind an AP story about CIA operations in Yemen. Speaking to CBS, AP chief executive Gary Pruitt called the Justice Department’s spying “unconstitutional.”

Gary Pruitt: “We don’t question their right to conduct these sort of investigations. We just think they went about it the wrong way, so sweeping, so secretively, so abusively and harassingly and overbroad that it constitutes — that it is an unconstitutional act.”

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