AP decries FBI fabrication of news story

Document of the day for sure: the AP objects, in the absolute strongest terms, to a fake AP story published by the FBI as part of a 2007 criminal investigation. The AP is one of the most aggressive institutions at protecting its copyright and its materials and this wholesale fakery by the FBI will without a doubt not go without a court challenge unless the FBI can somehow make them an offer they, one of the largest international news organizations in the world, cannot refuse. At the very least it’s a lawsuit.

THE DEFINITIVE SOURCE

Responding to the news this week that the FBI had fabricated an Associated Press story during a 2007 investigation, the AP expressed serious concern to Attorney General Eric Holder.

“In carrying out this scheme, the FBI both misappropriated the trusted name of The Associated Press and created a situation where our credibility could have been undermined on a large scale,” AP General Counsel Karen Kaiser said in a letter [PDF] delivered to Holder on Thursday.

“Any attempt by the government, whatever its motives, to falsely label its own messages as coming from the news media serves to undermine the vital distinction between the government and the press in society,” Kaiser added. “Such actions also compromise our ability to gather the news safely and effectively in parts of the world where our credibility rests on the basis of AP operating freely and independently.”

Read the AP news story.

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