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Holder: Leak Investigations Not Meant to Target Members of the Press

Attorney General Eric Holder leak investigations authorized by his department are meant to prosecute the leakers — goverment officials, “not, to target members of the press or to discourage them from carrying out their vital work.”

Holder, under fire for personally authorizing a search warrant into the activities of Fox News Correspondent James Rosen, told a Senate panel this morning, “The department has not prosecuted, and as long as I have the privilege of serving as attorney general of the United States, will not prosecute any reporter for doing his or her job.”

Of course, if government officials are concerned about being prosecuted for leaking news to reporters, it will be increasingly challenging for those reporters to do their “vital work.”

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