AP Responds to Latest DOJ Letter

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By Betsy Rothstein Comments

In a letter to DOJ, Gary Pruitt, President and CEO of the AP, offers his thoughts on what he believes really happened.

An excerpt: “They say this secrecy is important for national security. It is always difficult to respond to that, particularly since they still haven’t told us specifically what they are investigating. We believe it is related to AP’s May 2012 reporting that the U.S. government had foiled a plot to put a bomb on an airliner to the United States. We held that story until the government assured us that the national security concerns had passed. Indeed, the White House was preparing to publicly announce that the bomb plot had been foiled. The White House had said there was no credible threat to the American people in May of 2012. The AP story suggested otherwise, and we felt that was important information and the public deserved to know it.”

See the full letter here.