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FBI continues to investigate Hastings for ‘controversial reporting’

Posted By admin On September 10, 2013 @ 3:48 am In U.S. News | Comments Disabled

Jason Leopold
Al Jazeera America [1]
September 10, 2013

The FBI released a heavily redacted document on Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings, Monday, which revealed the law-enforcement agency is continuing to investigate what it characterized as “controversial reporting” by the journalist, who died in a late-night car crash in Los Angeles in June.

The FBI turned over the three-page document to Al Jazeera and Ryan Shapiro, a doctoral candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who specializes in FOIA research, in response to a joint-Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against the agency.

In a declaration released with the records, Denny Argall, the FBI’S public liaison officer, wrote that after the agency searched for responsive records it located one “cross reference” file pertaining to a pending criminal investigation. The FBI would not comment further about the nature of the probe.

The papers revealed that the FBI still considers Hastings’ work highly sensitive; even the title of the case file has been withheld under a FOIA exemption that claims that the information, if disclosed, could interfere with an ongoing law-enforcement investigation.

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