Media Outlets ‘Outraged’ After FBI Caught Falsifying AP Story to Target Suspect

by Sarah Lazare – Major media outlets expressed outrage following revelations this week that in 2007, the FBI crafted a news story under a false Associated Press byline, and possibly mimicked the Seattle Times website, as part of a covert effort to locate a suspect in a bomb threat. Chris Soghoian of the American Civil Liberties Union on Monday exposed the findings, which are based on documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation three years ago through a Freedom of Information Act Request. The FBI became involved in a case regarding bomb threats that resulted in evacuations in June 2007 at Timberline High School in Lacey, Washington. Internal communications show that the FBI spoofed a story, which it falsely identified as published by the AP, about the bomb threats. Emails indicate the false story may have been designed “in the style of The Seattle Times”. The article was then sent to...

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