Discovery Gunman Spoke to NBC News Producer During Standoff

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By Alex Weprin Comment

During “NBC Nighty News” this evening, Brian Williams revealed that James Lee, the gunman that held hostages at the headquarters of Discovery Communications, spoke to an NBC News producer for about 10 minutes during the standoff.

Apparently a producer called Discovery’s main switchboard, and Lee picked up the phone in the lobby of the building.

“We chose, out of an abundance of caution, not to reveal that information until this incident was over,” correspondent Tom Costello told Williams during the newscast.

Video of the “Nightly News” report, as well as a brief audio clip from the conversation with Lee, is below:

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Update: The NBC News producer, Rob Rivas, appeared on “Today” this morning to talk about his experience. Video after the jump.


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