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Australia accused of 'excessive and unnecessary' secrecy

Jun. 20, 2021 07:25 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s suppression of information seen as pivotal to a free and open media is at the center of accusations that the country has become one of the world’s most secretive democracies. Last week, a former Australian spy was convicted...

Lawyer: US drops lawsuit, grand jury probe over Bolton book

Jun. 16, 2021 20:24 PM EDT

The Justice Department on Wednesday abandoned its lawsuit against John Bolton, former President Donald Trump's onetime national security adviser, over his book that officials argued disclosed classified information, according to court documents and Bolton's representatives. ...

Reality Winner, NSA contractor in leak case, out of prison

Jun. 14, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former government contractor who was given the longest federal prison sentence imposed for leaks to the news media has been released from prison to home confinement, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Monday. Reality...

Seized House records show just how far Trump admin would go

Jun. 12, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has made no secret of his long list of political enemies. It just wasn't clear until now how far he would go to try to punish them. Two House Democrats disclosed this week that their smartphone data was secretly obtained...

Seized House records show just how far Trump admin would go

Jun. 11, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has made no secret of his long list of political enemies. It just wasn't clear until now how far he would go to try to punish them. Two House Democrats disclosed this week that their smartphone data was secretly obtained...

Justice Dept., Congress probing Trump seizures of Dems' data

Jun. 11, 2021 18:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's internal watchdog launched an investigation Friday after revelations that former President Donald Trump's administration secretly seized phone data from at least two House Democrats as part of an aggressive leaks probe. Democrats called the...

Trump DOJ seized data from House Democrats in leaks probe

Jun. 11, 2021 00:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department under former President Donald Trump seized data from the accounts of at least two members of the House Intelligence Committee in 2018 as part of an aggressive crackdown on leaks related to the Russia investigation and other national security matters,...

Justice Dept. says it'll no longer seize reporters' records

Jun. 05, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Saturday that it no longer will secretly obtain reporters' records during leak investigations, a policy shift that abandons a practice decried by news organizations and press freedom groups. The reversal follows a pledge...

Biden's pledge on media freedom may be easier said than done

Jun. 04, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the Biden Justice Department's first big moves has been to alert reporters at three major news organizations that their phone records were seized as part of leak investigations under the Trump administration, with President Joe Biden saying he would abandon the...

Biden's pledge on media freedom may be easier said than done

Jun. 03, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the Biden Justice Department's first big moves has been to alert reporters at three major news organizations that their phone records were seized as part of leak investigations under the Trump administration, with President Joe Biden saying he would abandon the...