AP Pursues Issue of FBI Agents Posing as Journalists

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FBI agent Norman Sanders posed as an Associated Press journalist to learn the identity of a teenage hacker in 2007 in Washington state. The boy confessed and was sentenced to 90 days in a juvenile detention center. How often do FBI agents impersonate members of the news media? "Journalists play a very similar role to doctors in our society in that we trust them," says Christopher Soghoian, former chief technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union. "And without trust they . . .

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