A consultant from the Division of Justice prompt in 2018 that the Federal Bureau of Investigation ought to take a look into NPR’s use of a safe, encrypted tipline, newly publicized emails reveal.
Reporter Jason Leopold obtained an e-mail change from DOJ officers from a Freedom of Data Act (FOIA) request and shared them on Twitter. The e-mail thread begins with an April 2018 message from Neil McCabe, who was on the time a reporter at One America Information Community (OANN), a far-right cable information channel finest identified for enhancing and spreading conspiracy theories. McCabe was writing to Lauren Ehrsam Gorey, who was then a spokesperson within the DOJ’s Workplace of Public Affairs (i.e., the division’s communications and public relations division).
“Can you discover out if DOJ is cool with NPR operating a Tor-enabled tip e-mail?” McCabe wrote, including a hyperlink to NPR’s directions for sending in confidential ideas.
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