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May 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

James Rosen

Criticism of the Obama administration’s efforts to plug leaks by targeting reporters escalated on Monday after it was disclosed that the Justice Department had investigated Fox News’s chief Washington DC correspondent James Rosen for allegedly soliciting classified information. The Washington Post on Monday said that Rosen was being targeted as a co-conspirator in a case involving Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, a former State Department arms expert, who allegedly passed classified information about North Korea to Rosen. The newspaper said that the DOJ had seized Rosen’s emails and phone records and tracked his comings and goings at the State Department. On Monday the New Yorker magazine published on its website some of the emails included in the government’s court filings in the case. In its filings, the government accused Rosen of being “an aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator in the crime” and said that he had obtained the information from Kim “by employing flattery and playing to Mr. Kim’s vanity and ego.” Fox News executive VP of news Michael Clemente said in a statement, “We are outraged to learn today that James Rosen was named a criminal co-conspirator for simply doing his job as a reporter. In fact, it is downright chilling. We will unequivocally defend his right to operate as a member of what up until now has always been a free press.” Later, the Justice Department released a statement saying, “No reporter has been charged in this case. And at this time we do not anticipate bringing additional charges against anyone.”