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F.B.I. Opens Inquiry Into Seizure of Documents From Associated Press

The F.B.I. has opened an internal ethics investigation to determine whether its agents abused their authority by secretly seizing from a news organization documents on international terrorism, officials said today. An Associated Press reporter in the Philippines sent an unclassified F.B.I. document to another A.P. reporter in Washington last September as part of research for an article, but the package never arrived. FedEx originally said the parcel might have fallen off its delivery van. But the F.B.I., in an April 3 letter released today, acknowledged that its agents had confiscated the package. F.B.I. officials offered no explanation for the seizure. But the bureau’s Office of Professional Responsibility has opened a review “to ascertain the details relating to this incident and to take appropriate personnel action, as warranted,” according to the letter, from Eleni P. Kalisch, acting assistant director for Congressional affairs, to Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, who had expressed concern about the case. Full Story

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