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Washington Post report - Trump administration secretly obtained reporter data

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  • During the tenure of former President Donald Trump, the US government apparently secretly obtained phone data from three reporters from the Washington Post.
  • The journalists concerned reported to the Trump administration about Russia's role in the 2016 election campaign, according to the newspaper.

According to the newspaper, the Ministry of Justice also tried to get the reporters' email data at the time. Republican Trump prevailed against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

Both business and private

In separate letters, the US Department of Justice informed journalists after the change in power in the White House that they had received telephone data from April 15 to July 31, 2017. In the letters, both business and private connections and mobile phone numbers were listed.

A reason for this was not given. One of the reporters in question no longer works for the Washington Post. Trump clearly lost the 2020 presidential election against Democrat Joe Biden.

Editor-in-chief "deeply worried"

Commenting on the spying, Editor-in-Chief Cameron Barr said: "We are deeply concerned about this use of government power to gain access to journalists' communications." At the same time, he demanded immediate clarification from the ministry about the reasons for this interference in journalistic activities protected by the constitution.

In the 2016 election, the US security authorities were convinced that Russia intervened in favor of Trump in order to slow down Clinton. A special investigator later investigated possible illegal collusion between Russia and Trump's team. There was insufficient evidence for this, but investigator Robert Mueller did not rule out that Trump might obstruct the judiciary's investigations.

SRF 4 News, May 8, 2021, 11:00 a.m.; sda / dpa / hosb; bisv

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  • Commentary by Peter König (Vignareale)
    This floundering of anti-democracy in the USA does not surprise any observer of the scene. America is sick
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  • Comment from Remo Tschanz (remotschanz)
    Hear and be amazed: the beacon of freedom of expression and freedom of the press shows Chinese features. Those who can be dangerous to the president are to be switched off or monitored here for the time being.
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    1. answer from Josef Kälin (Non-Mainstream)
      A little understandable, because no institution in the western world fouts so much about freedom of expression as the media and censors that the bars bend, and even forbid even asking critical questions about certain dogmas. Even in the case of verifiable but unpleasant facts, everything will be done to keep them under cover. One of the major achievements of the Enlightenment was undone in a few years.
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    2. answer from Claudia Lengwiler (YELLOW)
      who's surprised ...
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  • Comment from Pascal Noti (Noti)
    The Washington Post just wants a headline that sells well.
    Sometimes it is just a source from the Washington Post that states that only phone numbers were obtained. I'm looking forward to more news.
    The news so far only stimulates the rumor mill.

    It's good that Trump is gone. But the problem with US politics is the old leaders in both parties. A retirement home has ruled for decades.
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    1. answer from Cancer Alfred (A.Santiago)
      Reminds me more of the Watergate affair that forced Nixon to resign. Oh yeah, that was a Republican president too.
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