Judge Ruled In 2010 Gov’t Did Not Need To Notify Fox Reporter James Rosen Of Searches

A federal judge ruled in 2010 that the Justice Department did not need to notify Fox News Channel reporter James Rosen that his emails, telephone records may be read by federal investigators, according to a report in POLITICO. Chief U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth overruled a decision by a federal magistrate in September, 2010, who had previously determined that Rosen required notification if his personal email account, among other aspects of Rosen’s personal life, were going to be subject to a federal investigation.

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“Prosecutors contended that under the statute used to get Rosen’s emails, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, they were not required to provide any notice of the search,” wrote POLITICO’s Josh Gerstein.

“The government has no further obligation to notify the subscriber of the e-mail account at issue,” Lamberth wrote at the time.

While both Rosen and the Justice Department did not comment to POLITICO regarding when Rosen became aware of the federal investigation into his contact with a State Department source. “Rosen would have known of the investigation by August 27, 2010 at the latest,” Gerstein writes.

Lamberth’s ruling became public knowledge in November, 2010, but the fact that the DOJ had investigated Rosen’s personal email was first reported in the Washington Post on Monday.

Read the report via POLITICO

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