Saturday, August 09, 2008

So sorry

As Digby writes, it is highly likely this admission is an attempt to pre-empt questions concerning whatever else the FBI was doing illegally. "We messed up... we owned up to it... we apologized... now that that's behind us, let's move on!" And why Indonesia? You mean Indonesia and not, say, the Middle East?

F.B.I. Says It Obtained Reporters’ Phone Records -
WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday that it had improperly obtained the phone records of reporters for The New York Times and The Washington Post in the newspapers’ Indonesia bureaus in 2004.

Robert S. Mueller III, director of the F.B.I., disclosed the episode in a phone call to Bill Keller, the executive editor of The Times, and apologized for it. He also spoke with Leonard Downie Jr., the executive editor of The Washington Post, to apologize.
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