AP CEO calls records seizure unconstitutional

  • Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013 12:04 a.m.
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Gary Pruitt, the President and CEO of the Associated Press, discusses the leak investigation on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
AP Photo Gary Pruitt, the President and CEO of the Associated Press, discusses the leak investigation on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The president and chief executive officer of The Associated Press on Sunday called the government’s secret seizure of two months of reporters’ phone records “unconstitutional” and said the news cooperative had not ruled out legal action against the Justice Department.

Gary Pruitt, in his first television interviews since it was revealed the Justice Department subpoenaed phone records of AP reporters and editors, said the move already has had a chilling effect on journalism. Pruitt said the seizure has made sources less willing to talk to AP journalists and, in the long term, could limit Americans’ information from all news outlets.

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