FBI SEEKING 25 YEARS OF JACK ANDERSON'S PAPERS IN AIPAC CASE
The Review has learned that the FBI is seeking to review all of the papers of the late investigative reporter Jack Anderson for the past 25 years as part of AIPAC case. This proposed extraordinary intrusion on press freedom and independence is expected to be rejected by the Anderson family.
The FBI claims to have information that AIPAC defendants Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman met with Anderson and/or one of his reporters and had shared classified information and that, further, Anderson or one of this reporters met with a related individual who could be considered a foreign intelligence agent. These purported contacts are said to go back to sometime in the early 1980s. This despite the fact that the AIPAC case involves a period beginning in 1999 when Anderson was in failing health.
The FBI request covered reporter's notes and source materials from 1980 to the present. The request was made despite the admission by the FBI agents that they had not reviewed Anderson's columns during the period to find out whether he had ever written on the subject.
The FBI further indicated that it would, after reviewing the files, remove all classified material either permanently or return it in a censored form.
The FBI attempt would expose untold scores of Anderson's sources - some of them perhaps still subject to legal or criminal action owing to materials in the files. It also constitutes a major new assault on the First Amendment.
The family reportedly contacted some 45 former staffers for Anderson and none could recall any significant contact with AIPAC.